When you’re stressed and anxious, it’s harder to be productive. There are enough obstacles in our lives right now. Let’s talk about the elephant in the room and learn how to deal with it.
It’s clear that the world is focused on the health and economic impacts of Covid19. These are valid concerns that we’ve all likely spent an incredible amount of time discussing. What about us? Are we ignoring the mental and emotional health conversation?
The stress that has stemmed from this virus is something many won’t deny but also won’t verbalize. It’s safe to say that every single person on the planet has been impacted in some way by either the novel coronavirus, the efforts to prevent spread, or the trickle-down effect. Let us not forget that it’s also an election year. (Like we could forget that!)
So what keeps you up at night? What are you worried about?
The enormous amount of change?
Managing being productive while working from home?
Are your children distance learning?
Are they going back to school?
Did you have to cancel the vacation you had been looking forward to?
Have your social events been postponed?
The list goes on and will likely vary for everyone. What’s important to remember is that everyone is dealing with some extra changes and anxiety this year. It’s ok to not be ok.
Taking steps to acknowledge and deal with your mental and emotional health is so important! Here’s one thing you can count on; this is the one time in our life that we can almost guarantee there are a large number of people in your social circle experiencing the same added stress and anxiety. So talk about it!
Are you worried about how you’ll juggle being productive at work while helping your kiddos e-learn? Talk about it!
During a time when you feel overwhelmed, schedule time to take care of yourself. We aren’t mental health professionals, but we’re pretty sure these simple and quick tips on how to focus on a little self-care can be helpful.
Exercise – yes, we said it! Even if it’s a short walk around the block, giving your body this time can do great things for your mental clarity. Schedule this into your day just like you would that conference call.
Stay social – so many people have talked about being isolated during this pandemic. Reach out to some friends and schedule a social hour! You can have a socially distanced visit or even one on Zoom. Use that technology for more than just meetings.
Meditate – perhaps you can get through the noise with some quiet time. Focus on relaxing for a few minutes each morning or whenever you can find the time. Allowing your mind to find peace might just be the key to thriving during the chaos.
Whether you are embracing the new normal or trying to find your groove, we hope you’ll find a way to pivot into a new extraordinary!
Never be afraid to ask for help. The CDC has provided a list of resources available to anyone experiencing a difficult time during this pandemic.
Of course, if financial stress is part of your worry, a Purk & Associates team member would be happy to talk with you!