‘Finally I can see some perspective in this whole crisis, finally I can see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Although it is still far far away, it does give me some hope…’ When I met my around-the-corner-neighbour this morning in our park, she looked tired. It worried me to see her like this. The absence of real live, 3D-contact, the continuous remote working and the sheer length of this pandemic, had definitely taken his toll on her. And indeed, the end might be in sight, but it definitely is going to take a while before we can go back to the office. So we’re not done yet. Here are 3 healthy habits that could help you to get through.
1: Prioritize sufficient sleep
When working from home it is so easy to get back to work after dinner. Opening the laptop is the easiest go-to if you feel restless or bored. And the wrong thing to do. Because the blue light of your devices actually disturbs our bio rhythm and prevents a good night of sleep. Science shows that sleep is essential for brainpower, deep thinking, creativity, a good mood, emotional regulation, good health and great performance. Yes, I know that you knew this already, I am not telling you anything new. But I do want to challenge you to stick with it. So make it your habit to do something else in the evening, something that helps you to relax and reload your brain. Find a hobby that doesn’t need a screen. Go sew quilts, run, yoga, build starships from Lego, read novels, write poems or learn calligraphy, whatever. As long as it does not involve a screen. Make sufficient sleep a top priority.
2: Schedule your day.
Being effective can be challenging, when the lines between work and family life have become so blurry. Scheduling your day really helps to stay efficient and effective. Start your week by defining the three top priorities of this week. Then break those into smaller chunks, and schedule them for the whole week. Start mornings with the most difficult task, when you have the highest energy. Then focus on it for a certain amount of time, say 90 minutes, then take a break, and so on. Do not forget to schedule breaks, lunch, a walk, off screen time. You need to give your brain some rest, some time to recharge, so you can perform at your best. Having trouble to take a break? Or feeling guilty about it? Ask your colleagues to help you, or agree to have a one-hour time frame every day where there are no meetings, no calls, no WhatsApp, just some time and space to reload and refresh. Just do it.
3: Monitor your mood
Loneliness, stress, anxiety, many of us experience more negative emotions during this ongoing pandemic. The more we move into the negative spectrum of our emotions, the less creative, flexible and cooperative we become. Negative emotions tend to have a bigger and longer impact on us than positive emotions, and they tend to narrow our field of vision, make us more reactive and impulsive instead of proactive and reflective. Luckily we are not a victim of our own brains and emotions, but we can learn to cope with that by reflecting on our mood. How do I feel today, and what is causing that? What can I do to feel better? Find a tool to help you track your mood like Happinesslab.com or FridayPulse.com and become aware of your mood and the main influencers. Only when you are aware, you can change. This coping mechanism is even more effective when you do it together with your colleagues and team! Your mood is your responsibility.
Article courtesy of WoohooUnlimited.com