Staying Productive While Social Distancing
There’s no disputing that social distancing is vital to curbing the spread of COVID-19. How do you maintain some sense of normalcy during times of crisis, particularly when you’re socially isolated?
The world may have come to a stop, but our need to live a productive life hasn’t. Let’s face it…many of our clients were overbooked and overtaxed before the start of this pandemic. Thanks to orders from top health officials and our government, the marathon of life feels like it has been put on hold. The unsettled nature of this experience makes it challenging for many of your clients to settle into a new routine.
Experts say with our newfound focus, there is a good chance we will be productive through what promises to be a long haul. And who knows, we may end this time better than we started it. Here are some strategies to get you started!
1. Stick to a Morning Routine
When you are social distancing and working from home, it may be tempting to roll out of bed and stay in your pajamas all day. However, you will be more motivated if you wake up and do all the things you normally would if you were going into work. This includes putting on more presentable clothes, taking a shower, brushing your hair, etc. You will feel much more productive if you move around in the morning and sit at a desk or table instead of staying in bed with your laptop perched on your knees.
2. Stay Hydrated
It’s true that it’s important to drink a lot of water every day. However, with the coronavirus going around, it’s even more essential to stay hydrated because it helps boost your immune system. It also makes you use the restroom frequently, which flushes anything bad out of your system more regularly. Plus, you’ll be washing your hands more often, too.
3. Stretch it Out
It’s easy to lose track of time and find yourself sitting and staring at your laptop screen for hours. That isn’t the healthiest thing to do for your mind or your body. You should get up and stretch for 10 to 15 minutes for about every two hours that you’re sitting down. Look away from your screen, walk around, and loosen up your muscles by stretching.
4. Make a To-Do List
This tip is simple, but it’s a great way to keep you on track. Write out everything you need to get done for the day and do each item one at a time. Checking each task off your list will keep you motivated to get the next one done. Then, at the end of the day, you will feel accomplished when you see all the tasks you crossed off your list. You also won’t forget about any pending items either.
5. Light a Candle
Lighting your favorite scented candle creates a calm and soothing atmosphere. This will make your environment feel less stressful and your space more personalized.
6. Eat Real Food
A healthy diet builds a solid, more enduring foundation for your body by reducing oxidation and inflammation and by helping to reduce weight gain. Building a healthy food prep habit into your daily or weekly routine can greatly improve your overall diet, and eventually, lead to reduced stress levels.
This is probably one of the most valuable tips when you work from home. It’s easy to munch on your favorite chips or cookies all day, however, too much snacking will seriously mess up your appetite and throw off your eating schedule. It’s best to stick to your regular meals and mealtimes with limited snacking in between. If you must snack, portion it out in a bowl and put the rest away. This may help keep you from eating an entire bag of chips in one sitting.
7. Clean Your Tech
You probably know that keeping an organized workspace enables you to focus and stay on task. Yes, organization is important. However, so is keeping everything clean. And we don’t just mean wiping down the big surfaces like your desk. Many people forget to also sanitize their keyboard, mouse, and cellphone. Don’t overlook any device that you and your family members frequently touch!
8. Soak Up Some Vitamin D!
Don’t coop yourself up inside! Practicing social distancing does not mean you can’t step outside for a few minutes of fresh air. If possible, enjoy your cup of coffee or lunch break while sitting outside. Soak up as much sunlight as you can. Sunlight wakes you up and helps keep your sleeping schedule regular. So, it’s essential not to skip out on that vitamin D!
9. Get Quality Sleep
Sleep helps you address two big things during a time like this: mental health and a healthy immune system. It’s so much easier to deal with the emotional and mental demands of this moment when your brain is rested and healthy. On the physiological side, sleep helps your body maintain a strong immune system, which is imperative for fighting off the coronavirus or any other illnesses that may come your way during this time.
10. Practice Mindful Reflection
As little as 15 minutes of mindful reflection on your body, lifestyle and mental state can have significant benefits on your well being and health. Mindfulness enhances (and supports) your emotional intelligence, increases your overall feelings of well-being. Simply take the time to stop and sit, focus on relaxing, slowly inhale and exhale and listen to the feelings and messages from your body and feel them. Once you do that, you can then begin to enjoy the many potential benefits of letting mindfulness into your life. Techniques like meditation, controlled breathing, and yoga can increase your focus, awareness and mindfulness.
Instead of fixating on what you can’t do, focus on how you can survive and maybe even thrive during this unsettling time. Not only does attending to different dimensions of health and well-being help you remain grounded during times of change, it enhances your ability to help others.
Your Coaching Career
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