This has been a very strange week, hasn’t it? The good news is we aren’t in this alone. We’re all figuring out how to exist alongside our attack against this pandemic and the sooner we can smash the curve, so to speak, the sooner we can resume our normal lives. Until then, it’s vital we take care of ourselves and our wellness cultures. Now is not the time to spend 10 hours on the sofa absorbing news. Follow a schedule, connect with loved ones via technology, and take things one day at a time.
I’ll be writing about maintaining and building workplace cultures during this transition, but I thought I’d give some quick tips that anyone can apply today to enhance your moods, maintain balance, and stay positive during this challenging time.
Tips for Supporting a Calm Mind
- Take media breaks for at least 3-4 hours at a time. News is breaking constantly, but the truth is, we don’t need to stay glued to our devices or TVs 24/7 right now. This sends fight or flight signals through our brains that aren’t going to help as much as they’ll stress us out. Checking in with the latest information a couple times a day is a healthy distance from the media hype.
- Practice micro-moments of self care, such as slow/deep breathing exercises, full body stretches, bare feet in the grass, or sitting with some chamomile tea.
- Repeat after me, I am in control of everything I can be. I release myself from the rest. Even if you don’t believe it, keep repeating this. Our minds tend to believe what we tell them!
- Face Time or call family and friends. While it’s not a perfect substitute for in person contact, video conferencing is something we all need to get more accustomed to. It’s a safe way to connect and remind ourselves we aren’t alone.
- Schedule your day. Many parents are now faced with the task of homeschooling young children for the first time. There are templates online you can mirror yours off of, but don’t forget to schedule your own routines as well. This will make the eventual “re-entry” even smoother.
- Exercise at home and go for walks outside if social distancing is still possible. Now is not the time to shut ourselves indoors for weeks on end. That’ll only do more harm to our immune systems and mental well-being. Grab that kettle bell, practice yoga, stretch deeply, and find ways to move daily. Spend time enjoying springtime as it flourishes around the country!