Working from home because of COVID-19? Struggling?
Empower yourself by looking after your mental health and maintain a positive outlook.
Here are five lessons that I have learnt over the last few weeks.
This can be a stressful time for all of us, below are five key actions that I have used over the last couple of months that will empower you to maintain a positive outlook for your mental health.
Optimism and a cheerful demeanour are all very well, but you need a plan to look after your mental health during extended times of stress. #hireme
Now as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the world, many more people are finding themselves working from home and balancing responsibilities such as child care.
Here are five ways that I have used to empower myself by putting my mental health first.
Set a routine
This can help reduce anxiety and stress. Do not think that the routine is all about work though. Add some fun stuff!
Starting the routine from first thing in the morning will really set you up for the day.
Start with exercise for the body and your mind.
The noise of the outside world is really loud when you are reading the news feeds and watching the rolling coverage on the TV. This can fuel stress and worry.
Time to get a little quiet time for your mind. There are numerous apps, books and videos about mindfulness, meditation and the like. If you are new to this please persevere. It is worth it.
I recommend meditating for 20 minutes in the morning and ten minutes in the evening. The morning session will set you up for the day and the evening meditation helps calm your mind and will help you sleep.
Learn a new skill
Learn something new every day is my motto. Online learning and self-improvement books (for example) make it so much easier to do!
This will also help your mind exercise and focus on other things other than worrying about what is happening in the outside world.
As a quick tip, LinkedIn Learning is great. There is a 30-day free trial and you get access to all the courses. (just remember to cancel before the 30 days if you do not want to pay)
Reduce social media time
Difficult for some, but reducing your social media time will help you reduce your stress levels.
Build social media time into your routine and stick to it. Social media is incredibly addictive and can negatively impact your day if you are not strong with yourself and reduce the time that you are on it.
You can exercise at home easily. You may miss the gym or the great outdoors, however, if you are stuck indoors, innovate and empower yourself!
Try push-ups, tackle the ever-challenging plank (increase the time every day!) and there are free and paid exercise plans that you can access from your home.
Remember to wash your hands and be kind to yourself and others!
We will get through this, we need to make sure that our mental health is good when we do.
Please share your ideas to help as well.