As we navigate through this unprecedented time in history, the idea of self-care may seem like the last thing on your “to-do” list. However, both employees and business owners are reporting increased degrees of psychological distress during this time. How can one prioritize self-care and investing in themselves right now with so much going on in the world? Well before tackling the world, we must remember to recharge and ensure that they are we are equipped to handle the challenges of each day, before worrying about the seemingly evolving conditions around us.
#Socialdistancing during this time of #quarantine during #Covid19, can often leave some feeling lonely. Hence, it is important to seek support from a community network that gives a sense of connectedness for mental well-being. Given the state of ambiguity, it is crucial to lead and provide emotional support by responding to the crisis with #empathy and compassion. Many of us are striving to use positive coping mechanisms to combat negative emotions on a daily basis. Which is why more than ever, we must remind ourselves to take time out of our busy schedules and put our mental wellness needs and health first. Self-care takes many forms, and it’s different for everyone. It can entail practicing hobbies such as gardening, drawing, cooking, bicycling or even just taking a walk around the neighborhood.
Simultaneously, it is important to have a positive mindset as we adapt to a new normal. Making a conscious effort to practice self-care and mindfulness is key. Meditation and deep breathing exercises can help reduce stress and improve insomnia. Additionally, exercise reduces stress by balancing cortisol levels in the body and is a great way to uplift one’s mood by moving our energy forward in a healthy way. Incorporating physical activity in our schedule has multiple health benefits. These include improvement in blood circulation, weight management and reduced risk of chronic illnesses. Additionally, exercising the brain by reading, playing puzzles and learning vocabulary increases blood flow to the areas of the brain associated with focusing on tasks.
Maintaining a healthy diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress. This can help prevent depression and cognitive impairment. What has been your go to foods during quarantine? Although I have challenged my family to eat for fruits and vegetables during this time, it can be tough with all of the stress. Make it a point to try to add dark leafy vegetables, fish, nuts, beans, fruits and vegetables during this time. Did someone say sleep? How are you sleeping? Healthy sleep of an adequate duration, sleeping pattern without fragmentation and deep sleep is essential to rejuvenate the body. By practicing a bedtime routine that removes anxiety-inducing objects from the bedroom and turning off digital devices a couple hours before sleeping may significantly improve sleep quality.
We all know that it can be challenging to separate professional life from personal life while working remotely. How do you draw the lines and keep boundaries while working from home? For me its sharing with my family my designated hours of work so that we can be mindful of our individual schedules. Door is closed, even a sign on the door! However, when the office hours are up, its just the opposite. Door is closed and I do not enter my office area when I am off work. I make it a point to make time to laugh, hug and spend time with the ones that I love. We even set a time to cook dinner, watch movies and exercise together. We haven’t been this close in a while 24/7, so we try to balance fun with our mind/body/spirit needs.
What about you? How do you balance your wellness individually, working from home and quarantined with a family? #Leaders, how do you keep your #workforce engaged? Please, let me know in the comments.
We at Greene Rhodes Consulting take pride in helping #CEO’s implement these techniques (and more) that can benefit their #employee wellness and assist organizations in overcoming well-being and productivity challenges while working from home.
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