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These are trying times. It will test our resilience battery and it will be hard to live a quality of life. We are humans so for most limiting contact is not easy; we are social animals. This may be a time that social media can play a positive role in our life. I don’t want to downplay the seriousness of what is going on, or appear to have my head in the clouds however here are a few points to consider about sustaining your r-battery and also some good things that can come out of this.
Keep structure in your life. If you are working from home let people in your life know when you are going to focus on that. Try to limit interruptions, keep it like you are at work. An example might be doing work from 9-11 a.m. taking a break between 11-1:00 p.m. and then heading “back to the office” for the afternoon.
Keep accountability in your life. If you are working talk with your team members and set some goals to get stuff done. Give yourself some targets. Keep regular contact with them through many of the on-line programs. This will help with focus and boost your r-battery. If you are not working, or unfortunately laid off, take an e-course to upgrade your skills. Give yourself some structure and accountability. I just received a message that a few e-learning sites are offering 90% off courses.
Take control of your finances. For most it is time to go to the basics. Know your budget and adjust accordingly. Get this in order first. See if the bank is offering deferments on mortgage, talk to your landlord, can you get a loan from a family member. Organize this first. This will reduce the drop in your r-battery if you get this under control as best as possible.
An opportunity to up exercise or start. I have seen so many more people walking, running and biking. It is a good time to start. Remember getting outside can help with your mood, immune system and so much more. You can get out a couple times of day. OF COURSE, follow the recommendations around social distancing and isolation but this may be the time to start and build a habit.
A chance to get more sleep. Most do not have to commute so maybe you can sleep in a little bit more. Maybe you can get to bed earlier at night. Sleep is important at this time. It decreases stress and helps with your immune system as well.
That new project at work. I appreciate many have been laid off and do not have the fortune of working from home. If you do maybe this is the time to get that new project underway, write that procedural manual or anything you always felt you never had time to focus on.
Learn mindfulness. What an opportunity to learn a new skill that can help. Download an app, check out a website, or read an article and start practising. Mindfulness can help reset your brain and see a shift towards the positive.
It is also a good time to practise optimism. If you are doing all the right things you are decreasing the chances of getting the virus. Our leaders are working hard to protect our community. At some point we will be on the other end of this. This is just a period of time it is not forever. Optimism does not put you at more risk, you still practise all of what is being advocated, you just assume that instead of the worst happening, maybe the opposite will.
There are times where fear and anxiety will creep in, that is normal. It is okay though to have positive thoughts as well such as “this will pass, we are doing everything we can and I can use this time for good”. Know what skills you are going to employee when the anxiety starts. Are you going turn off the TV, the radio, play an upbeat song, watch a funny show, go for a walk, meditate, talk to a friend on the phone or hug your dog. There are lots of battery boosts. I would love to hear yours. Message me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will them in my next article.
Stay resilient and stay optimistic.
Darren Steeves is the owner of VenduraWellness.com, a company dedicated to improving organizational health one step at a time.