Days have stretched into weeks. Weeks are now stretching into months. COVID-19 has completely created an adjusted lifestyle for all of us.
Some of us can't get away from home, while others are afraid to go home. Some of us can't get enough alone time, while others are feeling more isolated than ever.
A common slogan has been "We're all in this together" and while that is true, we have different perspectives and experiences through the pandemic.
It can be challenging, but one of the best things we can do is attempt to keep a positive outlook and take care of ourselves.
Here are four tips to keep a strong mind during COVID-19:
- Start every day with a small win.
Wake up and make your bed, take a shower, go for a walk, call a friend, do some deep breathing or meditation, eat a healthy breakfast, say a few things you love about yourself or that you’re grateful for. It doesn’t necessarily matter what you do, but that you feel accomplished with whatever it is you choose. Start your day with a win and aim to build on that momentum.
- Take care of your body by doing something physically active every day.
Do an online workout, go for a walk, march in place or do some squats every time you get out of your truck or away from your desk. Begin and end your day with stretching. Even if you don’t feel like pushing your body to the limit, just get some movement in.
Trying something new may even lift your spirits by breaking up the boredom of staying put.
- Take care of your mind by seeking out the “good” in life.
Try a meditation. Practice diaphragmatic breathing. Switch a negative mindset to a positive one. Say aloud a few things you love about yourself. Think about the things in your life that you’re grateful for, or journal. Just do something that makes you happy.
- End every day with gratitude.
As you get ready and head to bed for the evening, think about your day and pick out 2-3 great things that happened. This could be simple, like seeing a rainbow, or a little more complex, like finally cleaning out your pantry. It can even be thankful for a chat with an old friend or family member.
Being grateful is more than just thankfulness for the big things. Set your mind at ease by finding gratitude about the little things too.
To make it simple - Don’t let the ‘rona get you down!! We all have the opportunity during this time to accept whatever is happening and make the absolute best of it! Always remember, we are here for you and would love to figure out how to help if you’re struggling – just reach out!
We also have created a YouTube Channel with videos on almost all the things we talked about above, so feel free to check it out!