Well-being for all by Jennifer Shaw
Whether working remotely or social distancing in the office, the current situation is a change to everyone’s normal routine. Even if you are someone who doesn’t easily get stressed or never seems to worry, just the changes that occur by shifting your normal routine can easily take a toll on your well-being. Below are some tips to manage your well-being during this time.
- Maintain a routine. This is one of the best ways to preserve your mental well-being, yet it can be so hard to implement with all of the changes being thrown at us right now. Control what you can and don’t stress about things you can’t control.
- Take a break from the news and social media. Stay informed, but not overwhelmed. When staying up-to-date on the current coronavirus situation, make sure to get your information from a reliable source, such as the state Department of Health or the CDC.
- Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. It’s important for people to stay connected during this time to help minimize the sense of isolation. Call or Facetime a family member, friend, or fellow associate. Check on those that may live by themselves or that may not naturally be one to reach out.
- Don’t skimp on sleep. Research shows that sleep and mental health are closely connected. Poor sleep is also linked to a weakened immune system, anxiety and depression. So, staying up at night and trying to finish the latest Netflix series may have more impact on your mental health than you realize.
- Don’t forget to move. Your gym may be closed, but it’s still important to get in some activity on a regular basis (even if it’s brief). It’s been proven to lower stress levels and improve immunity. Take a walk after dinner or if you are someone that is an early riser, get your activity in before your work day begins.
- Find the positive in the situation. Give each other lots of GRACE! This includes spouses and children. It’s important to be mindful that no one is currently living in their ideal circumstance. Taking a moment each day to have gratitude is a great way to maintain a positive mindset.
- Help someone else. Studies have shown that acts of kindness can have a significant benefit on someone’s mental well-being. It can be as simple as sending someone a kind note of encouragement in the mail, buying groceries for someone that is considered high-risk, or giving a really nice tip to the food delivery service.