It’s been a common feeling during this time of quarantine: anxiousness, panic, fear, uncertainty, depression, etc. I completely get it, but I think it’s important to realize, why we’re feeling this way.
We’re all in a place of discomfort. Every single one of us.
This is uncharted territory for every person, no matter the age; for every business, no matter how long they’ve been around; every school, park, library, restaurant…literally everyone. We’re all guiding our way through this time the best way we can.
When I’ve been chatting with clients and trying to ease their minds a bit, I’ve been suggesting a few things that might help you, as well.
First, stop your all-over-the place thoughts, slow down and instead of being so focused on the panic of finances and jobs and having no idea how long this will last, realize this: we are all dealing with the very same things. We’re all getting laid off or are temporarily out of work, everyone’s finances are effected and no one has any idea of how long this situation we’re in could last. What we do know, is we have a lot of free time right now to slow down and catch our breath. It’s what you do with that time that determines your sanity and your future. Plan accordingly.
Which brings me to number two on my list: Get yourself on a schedule and stick to it. We always feel better if we feel routine, feel accomplished and more productive. If you get yourself a scheduled out day to follow, including time to work from home (if you have to do that kind of thing,) schedule times to eat (so you’re not gaining the Covid-19, as I’ve heard it referred to,) schedule times to workout, get on social media, binge some tv, catching up with friends on FaceTime or a call, etc you won’t feel like a lazy blob. Try it out.
I’ve also been recommending taking some time to create a couple lists.
1) An “after quarantine” bucketlist of people you wish you could see, things you wish you could do, restaurants you want to go to, goals you’d like to accomplish, etc. And the moment that we can go back to our norm, you have some work to do in checking each of those things off. Having something to look forward to is so incredibly important, even if we don’t have a date in place of when they can happen.
2) Create a list of things you’d like to accomplish while quarantined that you’ve been putting off. It can be anything from getting your spring cleaning taken care of, rearranging the living room or putting that Lego set together with the kids that you were just too busy before to do…then start checking off the list!
3) Plan for your future. With uncertain times, comes change. Now, I get it, none of us like change. But, everyone that’s ever said “I want a do over!” or “I just wish I could start over.” Guess what? You officially can. Take this opportunity to truly sit down and think of everything you want to do for your career and future. Google the appropriate searches to educate yourself on how to make these goals a reality. Spruce up the resume so it’s impossible for someone to put you in the “no” pile. You may even be able to take online courses in this time to make you even more valuable once we can return to public life. Take this “free time” as a beautiful time to figure life out. It’s all in your hands right now and it’s an amazing feeling if you allow it to be.
Remember, the more we lean on each other and work together through all of this, the easier it’ll be for all of us to bounce back and flourish even greater than before. We’re all in the same boat, together we keep it afloat.