COVID-19 Making Your Time at Home Productive and Peaceful
With the self imposed or CDC required time at home, you are thinking you will be at home for a prolonged period of time. We live day to day because there is so much information coming at us and there is not much that is certain right now. Let’s take this time to take care of ourselves, those around us and our community. Using our time at home wisely helps us feel positive and productive.
- Think self care and putting your own oxygen mask on first. That includes keeping your routines going well. That is going to bed early for rest, eating healthy, and exercising. Remember, if you are sick to stay home and take care of yourself. Keep these routines going even after this crisis passes. It’s a jump start to what we all want for a healthy life. I am biking and walking daily to keep fit and keep calm.
- Take time to relax and time to reset. There is a lot on our minds! We have long to do lists, anxiety about health and family and work, and many decisions to make each day. Having time for prayer and meditation helps. Spiritual reading or time for meditation daily helps you sort through what is on your mind and get a bigger picture. On your phone, you can check out Headspace or the Mindfulness app. Both are free for use on your devices. Research shows how stress affects our immunity to illness.
- Organizing helps us love what we have and create serenity in our homes. Start small with a spot in your home to declutter. It might be your desk or a drawer in your home office where you are working from home. I have been peeking into drawers and letting go of what is not necessary. If you are feeling ambitious, start sorting your digital photos. It’s a project that will bring you joy.
- Connecting makes a difference right now. Reach out by text, phone or email to say hello, thinking of you and check on your connections. Keep especially connected to our older friends and community members by reaching out and checking on them. Drop off what they need and be of service.
- Give your brain a boost. This is a great time to learn. There are learning opportunities everywhere from Coursera to podcasts. Keeping cognitively active keeps us engaged and moving forward to our goals for this year.
- Working from home and your kiddos are schooling at home? Set up times for work and breaks. Creating and posting a schedule helps everyone know the plan for the day. Make it fun with a schedule that includes breaks for recess for everyone.
- Allocate and adhere to screen time and social media time for yourself and your kiddos. Mindless surfing leads to negative emotions at times. Keep a common charging spot where everyone charges during certain times.
- Distract everyone with 60s style family fun. Host a family art day, family dance party and family game night. Having a new way to engage with your family makes for tons of fun! Our newest family games include charades and Sync Up
- Remember Keep Calm and Carry On. We are a resilient, resourceful and smart community. Sharing that positivity and kindness are the hallmarks of these crisis. We are all in this together.
My husband and I have had to allocate spaces and screens for each of our businesses. Often, I use the ‘family office’ to do podcasts and virtual organizing, but we found he needed a space as well. He just set up a second office up in an unused bedroom with a second screen he brought home from work. So far, so good. Gotta work it, right?
My husband and I were just talking about this too! We have a shared office and I have an alternative office. It’s great to share a space and have a solo space.