We’re currently in the midst of something that is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced in our lifetime. With so many sources of fear and stress surrounding us, it can be difficult to maintain any sense of the normalcy. Speaking of normalcy, I’m becoming increasingly aware of how much I took my “normal” for granted. I was laid off from my day job (of 8 years) a few days ago as a result of COVID-19. Although it sucks o’ so damn badly, I know I’m not alone in this.
People from all walks of life are feeling the effects of what’s happening. As terms like “social distancing” and “hunker down” are heard echoing all around us, it’s important for us to maintain any glimpse of structure and positivity that we can during these times and even more important for us to refrain from falling into a victim mentality. In my efforts to maintain a productive mind and spirit during the pandemonium, here are a few tips that I’ve found to be most helpful…
Tidy up your space
There’s never been a better time to clean and sanitize things. Decluttering your space provides a lot of benefits and is known to make you healthier and happier.
A quiet mind breeds peace. If you’re new to meditation, you can find some great resources online or by downloading apps like Headspace and Calm.
Move your body
Daily Movement is so vital for our mental health and physical strength. Even a brisk walk around the neighborhood can make a huge impact. If you can’t get outdoors, run a few laps up and down the steps or try some in-home yoga or cardio exercises.
Make a daily schedule
As a newly unemployed person, I found it to be far too easy to fall into whatever Netflix show calls to my soul the loudest and ohh there are so many good ones! Instead, I’ve refrained from serial binge sessions and found that creating a schedule for myself (even if not followed to a tee) has led me to be more productive overall.
write, dance, paint, CREATE! This is a great time to tap into your hobbies or start a new one. Art in particular can be so therapeutic. I myself haven’t contributed to my blog in quiet a while and found this to be a great opportunity to start writing again.
It’s FUNdamental! Need I say more? There are so many great books out there to choose from, so dive into something awesome. I just finished The Untethered Soul by Michael Alan Singer – I highly recommend it to anyone who’s on the road of self realization and spiritual awakening.
Learn new skills
…or freshen up on old ones! If you know you need new skill(s) to get to the next level financially, there is no better time than now. I use Udemy for affordable online learning, but with all of the online resources available, the sky is the limit.
Limit media consumption
Stay informed, but try to limit the time you spend reading/watching the news and scrolling through social media. Spending too much time on those platforms is not only a time killer, but also a breeder of stress (and let’s be honest, we have enough of that). BONUS: Breaking away from some of that scrolling will free up more time for the things listed above!
My fellow confined homies, I’m here for you. Though times are tough and will get tougher before they get better, we are riding this wave together and eventually it will subside. Understand that it IS possible to use this time to your advantage and in doing so, come out on the other side of this as a better version of yourself. Sending love and light to all! <3
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with the mental effects that COVID-19 is causing, you can find a variety of additional resources here.