Julie Lightfoot of JL Consultancy, a Preston based coaching and training service for those, who like Julie, have a passion for Personal development and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) provides some further tips to help you keep sane when self-isolating as many of us are now. JL Consultancy uses techniques learned from countless training programmes, hours of reading and research, and experience of working with and empowering people, JL Consultancy brings you a fresh perspective to life.
Reduce the time you spend watching or listening to the news
It is hard, at this current time, when our lives are (temporarily) very different to what they usually are, to ‘switch off’ from the current situation. We may be tempted to keep up with the news several times a day. Although you may feel anxious about what is happening, limit yourself to how often you watch the news. I have reduced watching the news from twice a day to just catching up with it once a day in order to spend the extra time doing other things that make me feel better, phoning friends, for example.
Still celebrate special occasions
Still celebrate special occasions – just in a different way. For example, for birthdays, although you may be used to going out for a nice meal, make a special meal at home instead or bake a cake. If it is the birthday of someone who is not part of your household, try to catch up with them using different means. Zoom is usually used as a video conferencing platform, but I have used it recently to catch up with friends for a birthday celebration and it worked better than I thought it would! It was great seeing all my friends again! There are other platforms that you may prefer to use, i.e. Skype, Facetime, etc.
If struggling with working from home, build a routine into your working day
If struggling with working from home, build a routine into your working day, just as you would have at work. You may find that going out for your daily exercise (if you are able) at lunchtime may help you feel more motivated in the afternoon if you are finding it difficult then. Alternatively, if it is actually getting down to work in the first place, perhaps do your daily exercise first thing, to get you feeling energised? You need to experiment with what works best for you. GymWolfPT recently provided an article on how to take care of your health and fitness during the pandemic.
Allow people to offer your support at this time
It is a difficult time for all. I know some people are still wanting to go out as normal. So, even if you are used to being independent, perhaps lose some of the independence at the current time, as it is the right thing to do. Not everyone is seeing the importance of social distancing, either. Although, nobody likes to be in this situation, remember it is for everyone’s good to abide with the current guidelines. If you need help, during this period, for example, with your shopping, please do make sure that you ask for that help.
If you have a garden, get on top of things
Now is the time, if you have a garden, to get on top of things, especially as the weather seems to be getting better. If you don’t have a garden, perhaps you have plants that could do with some tender care or some old plants that need discarding, ready for new ones to take their place. Gardening is good as a means of taking our minds off the bad things going on around us, as well as providing us with some fresh air and exercise.
I will be back posting some more tips soon to help you make the most of the current situation. Please remember that the situation we are currently in will not last forever. Until next time, stay safe…