There’s no doubt that we are living in a time of uncertainty. While our expertise usually bases around how to keep your family and home safe from natural disasters, there’s no ignoring the elephant in the room. We want to help you manage your anxiety while you social distance yourself from your friends, extended family, and even your jobs during this COVID-19 epidemic. We know this time can be extremely nerve-racking, and want to help in any way we can. So, read on for a few tips and tricks on how to maintain some semblance of normalcy, when nothing seems normal at all.
Set a schedule.
Working from home can become a free-for-all when it comes to making a schedule. When you’re used to getting up and driving to an office, it becomes difficult to know how to manage time most efficiently. Simple tasks like staying consistent in what time of night you go to bed and what time of morning you wake up, can help manage your stress throughout the day.
Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be taking breaks. Whether it’s a break from your laptop or a break from the TV, don’t let your eyes just stare at a screen all day. Take a walk outside, take some time to read a book, sitting at the table for a meal – all of these things will actually help you focus and get more done in a more efficient way.
Schedule regular phone and video calls.
Especially if you live alone, it’s important that you are having regular conversations with the outside world. If your company doesn’t partake in regular Zoom conference calls, recommend it to your boss. Call your family or call a friend – just because we’re discouraged physical contact, doesn’t mean we can’t maintain emotional contact.
A house can be quiet. Sometimes that’s a good thing, and other times it just gets old. Playing your favorite music station, or just having your favorite old television show in the background can help tremendously to not be lulled into the doldrums too quickly.
Only read the news once per day.
Times like these can be very discouraging in the media. We know that this pandemic doesn’t discriminate, and doesn’t take things lightly, but putting too much emphasis on what the news has to say can have a direct effect on your mood. We think you should stay as informed as possible, without becoming so engrossed in what the news is saying you can’t focus on anything else. There’s a happy medium somewhere, emphasis on the happy.
We are so thankful for the men and women on the front lines of this pandemic, because of them we should all stay home. The best advice we can give you for this is to know that all things will eventually pass. This period of time is temporary, so the important thing is that you and your family stay safe until things start to lighten up again. We’ll be around when they do.