It’s a strange time. For most of us, we’ve never dealt with this level of uncertainty on such a broad scale. Some of us are without work, some of us are expected to work in dangerous circumstances. Some of us are teachers for the first time in our lives. Some of us are primary care-givers for the first time in our lives. Some of us are overwhelmed with anxiety and fear. But one thing is certain: nothing is certain.
So it’s especially important that we take care of our mental health and fitness now more than ever. Today we’ll share our top three tips for staying sane in uncertain times.
One. Connect with People
We have to physically practice social distancing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, but luckily we live in a time of unprecedented technological resources and access. Reach out to friends and family. Stay connected to your tribe and offer support, encouragement, and assistance where you safely can. We’re all in the same boat, and now is the time to come together in small communities and as a global community.
Facetime and Skype are popular ways to connect via video chat. Facebook Messenger lets you add a bunch of folks to a video chat – maybe now is the time for that family reunion nobody had time for last summer? Maybe a reunion of high-school friends? Stay social, stay connected, stay positive.
Two. Make a Daily Plan
For many of us, we find ourselves confined to our homes for the first time ever. We’ve lost track of the day, time means nothing, and we don’t remember a time before 24/7 pajamas. The best way to combat this is to have a plan. Break your day up into “blocks” and plan how you’re going to use each block of time. Here’s a sample time block plan:
7 am – 9 am: Meditate, exercise, breakfast, shower, dress (real clothes today, not pajamas), read the news
9 am – 12 pm: Work from home
12 pm – 1 pm: Lunch, Facetime with Parents
1 pm – 5 pm: Work from home
5 pm – 6 pm: Outdoor solitary exercise
6 pm – 8 pm: Dinner with Family (no screens)
8 pm – 10 pm: Relax, tv, read the news
10 pm: Bedtime!
Having a plan will help to give you a sense of normalcy and structure. And if you’re super Type A you can make checklists for each time block, and nothing feels as productive as marking to-do list items as done!
Three. Don’t Participate in the 24 Hour News Cycle
We’re not saying don’t follow the news. Follow the news. But be thoughtful about how you follow. Schedule times to consume whichever source of news you prefer, and turn off notifications and resist the urge to go to your favorite news site outside the designated times.
We live in a 24/7 news cycle, and it can be overwhelming, stressful and confusing. Stay informed without subjecting yourself to a non-stop stream of negativity. Your brain needs a break from the constant onslaught of updates and news flashes and live conferences.
Most importantly, friends, be proactive. You know what you need to do to feel your best – do it. That means following these tips AND staying physically active. Check out our Home Workouts page and get moving!