Create a daily routine
Even if you’re working from home, it’s important to have a routine of activities to increase productivity. Try to eat around the same time every day and time-blocking for work tasks. You can choose to schedule client or team calls around the same time every day to facilitate your routine. Don’t forget to also make time to rest, have fun, and to have a good balance in your routines. Having a home routine where you know when you work and rest will increase your focus and reduce your stress.
Stay connected virtually
As human beings, we need social interaction and connecting to your loved ones even virtually can be great for your mental well-being during these times. Make it a habit of having phone calls or video calls with your friends or families every day if possible. Don’t forget to connect to your clients or colleagues as well and don’t be shy to talk to them about your experiences as it’s strange times for everyone and we can all benefit from sharing our thoughts and feelings with others.
Take a break from the news
Watching news constantly and getting updates about the situation from multiple channels can aggravate your anxiety. Take a break from the news and limit your intake to one or two times daily.
Seek information from resources you can trust such as WHO, Center for Disease Control and Canada Public Health websites. Also, make sure to avoid scaremongering platforms that will make you feel uncomfortable and increase your stress. If you notice your anxiety increases a lot more after watching the news, stop getting updates for a while. If there is a really important update, you will hear it from people around you anyways.
It’s easy to fall into negativity when there is so much uncertainty but negative thoughts will work against your immune system and weaken it. It’s important to remind yourself that this is a temporary situation and focus on doing what you are in control of. Focusing on what’s important in your life and practicing mindfulness can help immensely during this time. Also, try meditating if you haven’t done so already, as it also offers a number of mental health benefits.
How you think about and define the situation is vital for your mental health, so try not to use words like “being forced to stay in” which will create a sense of powerlessness. And don’t forget that you’re not alone in experiencing all of these problems and it’s now even more crucial to be mindful about how you feel and prioritize taking care of your mental health and helping your loved ones.