By Angela Sirios
The Stay-At Home mandates have impacted everyone's day to day life. Let make sure we get through it together, keep smiling, and stay happy. Today, we're sharing five tips to help you throughout the coronavirus crisis. The best thing about these tips? They apply at all times, whatever the circumstances!
Find a routine
One of the most important things you can do to feel in control is creating a routine. This can be a new schedule based on what you want to achieve each day during the Pandemic or many people find that they feel comfortable with their usual routine.
- Set a time to get up and do it!
- Shower & get dressed
- Schedule time for lunch and breaks throughout the day and put it on your calendar
- Make a list of what you need to accomplish - and check things off as you go!
- Focus on one task at a time and make sure that they are things within your control
- When you are done working, shut your laptop and put it away
Make Room in YouR Life For Positivity
With our social activity in turmoil, it's critical to find things that will make us smile or reframe our mood:
- Listen to music - try an Instagram live DJ set!
- Burn a candle or aromatherapy if you have oils at home
- Stay active - challenge a friend and find out how many push ups you can do in 30 seconds
- Eat healthy
- Go outside - standing in the sunshine for 2 minutes can make a world of difference.
- Don’t drink too much caffeine or alcohol
- Take breaks from the news
- Schedule time to do something you enjoy
A good night's sleep is an easy thing to disrupt but it's priceless!
- Go to sleep at the same time every night
- Write out your “to do” list or your worries before bed
- Avoid using your phone or computer in bed
- Try a guided sleep meditation
Stay connected to each other
In this time of distancing, it's easy to feel isolated. Take extra steps to build your relationships.
- Schedule time to call at least one of your friends or teammates each day
- Use Zoom, Hangouts and Facetime to stay connected - seeing faces is important
- Laugh together - every conversation should help you strengthen the bridge you have.
- Make time to share something funny and look on the light side
Ask for help
There is nothing weak about asking for help! Be upfront and open.
- Tell your friends and family if your feeling down
- CDC website has many free resources at: https://www.cdc.gov/HealthyLiving/
- Insurance carriers have 24/7 nurse lines
Reframe Negatives into Positives
It's hard, but remember there are many good things that deserve our focus.
- You're dealing with a once-in a lifetime series of adversities, and you'll take what you learn now through the rest of your career and life
- You're finding new ways to communicate and many of your relationships are becoming stronger
- You may be discovering your special talent is creating a kitchen masterpiece out of three random cans and a pile of wilted produce!
- If you're multitasking parenting while working and staying indoors, life after COVID-19 is going to feel like a breeze!