To say this is a challenging time is an understatement. Yet, when looking for the words to describe what this is I am at a loss. Unprecedented, crazy, evolving are heard frequently, yet fail to capture all that we are experiencing. We are all experiencing this reality for the first time and with that comes an array of challenges. Whether you’re working from home with children (we like to call them little co-workers), living on your own, or on the frontlines, we are all being asked to make a change in our daily lives for our community.
Change, though difficult, is good. In fact, it’s necessary for growth. We go through a season of leaves falling so that we can see beautiful new growth after the thaw. This is a season of growth for all of us and if you put in the work, you are going to see some beautiful results on the other end.
During times of change and growth, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself. Make sure that you’re running on all cylinders so that you can be ready to tackle any challenge life throws your way. To help with this time of change we have put together some of our favorite resources to keep personal health a priority.
Perhaps the most drastic change to your routine is that you’re now asked to work from home everyday rather than at an office. Here are a couple of ways to set yourself up for success while working from home:
It’s easy to start feeling uninspired or stuck in the same environment. A good way to negate this feeling is by keeping your mind busy in a mindful way. We have pulled together a couple of our favorite ways to practice mindfulness:
It can feel like our minds are just running these days with the what-ifs and the unknown. Giving your mind a break can work wonders on your mental health. Here are some ways we have found to turn it all off for a minute:
If you’re like us and your commute looks less like yellow line to red line and more like bedroom to the living room you are probably feeling a little cooped up. I know I am missing my commute to work more than ever. Yes, it ate up 1.5 hours of my day but it gave me a chance to move my body and decompress from the day. Thankfully we have found a couple of other outlets to the same effect:
Technology has gotten a bad rep, but it’s times like these when I’m so thankful for the tools that we have to stay connected to one another. Check-in on friends and family more than you normally would. The simple question of, “how are you doing?” has so much more meaning now that we are forced to answer with something other than “good.” Call your loved ones and really listen, don’t try to fix or offer solutions, just listen to what they have to say. Don’t try and multitask. Just listen. You will find yourself more fulfilled at the end of each conversation knowing that we can help one and others get through this.
With all of that said, use your powers for good. Set a limit to the amount of time you spend on social media. It can be easy to get pulled into the world of others especially when it feels like there is nothing else to do. For ideas on what to do instead of surfing Instagram, see below…
From canceled social plans to shorter commutes it seems we have a lot of extra time on our hands. Use this time in a productive way. What is something you have been wanting to do but have been putting off? Take this time to change yourself for the better and get creative.
This is a difficult time, but we believe from this we can grow stronger. With a little hard work and self-care, we will all get through this together. We are always here to help you grow beyond.
If none of the above is enough or if you or someone you love needs mental health assistance we encourage you to reach out to a therapist to talk through the change you are going through in a professional environment.
As COVID-19 pushes teams into remote, virtual workspaces, our “Staying Connected During COVID-19” series is here to help. Let’s commit to keeping ourselves, our families, and our communities safe, one step at a time. Follow us for tips on how we can further your mission together.