As many of us know by now, COVID-19 has affected all of our lives and established a new normal along the way. Even though in certain regions things have started to slowly open up, this pandemic is not gone and each day we continue to feel the effects of it.
For entrepreneurs, COVID has changed the way business is conducted pushing almost every aspect to digital and contactless. In isolation a whole slew of challenges arise, some affecting us more deeply than others, but it is safe to say that the difficulty of isolation weighs heavy on each of us.
With that in mind, we would like to share some tips on how to cope with isolation in the COVID world and hopefully make the days more manageable:
ACCEPTANCE IS KEY
Isolation sucks. Even for those that thought it would be easy, after a month or so it does take a toll on us all both mentally and physically. We become much more sensitive, patience runs thin, physically feel weaker and less motivated, loneliness wraps its claws around us, and we may even find ourselves reacting more strongly to things that previously didn’t bother us so much.
It’s key to accept the heaviness of isolation and to realize that it is okay to be affected by it. We can’t run away from these feelings. Awareness of our emotions will help us not only cope, but also encourage us to find ways of adapting and moving forward.
HEALTHY WORK SCHEDULE
In isolation, you may find yourself more prone to overworking in order to keep yourself busy. However, overworking can backfire and burn you out. Similarly on the opposite side, being in isolation can drain your motivation so much that you find yourself procrastinating more and more.
Creating a work schedule for yourself and committing to it can make a huge difference both for your business and your mental health. Try to simulate regular working hours and take a lunch break. If you find yourself on your desk for long periods of time, consider setting up an alarm that goes off every few hours to remind you to walk around your home, stretch those legs.
When working hours are done, disconnect from the business as much as possible by watching a movie or series, cooking, reading a book or journaling, any activity you enjoy that can give your mind some relief.
EXERCISE & MEDITATION
The important aspect of exercise and meditation isn’t how much you do it, but instead it is the routine of doing it.
Meditating for 3 to 5 minutes every morning, or at any time during the day that suits you can seriously lower your stress levels. It helps quiet down your mind, reset yourself and allow you to focus more efficiently.
Likewise, exercising can also lower your stress levels and regulate your mood. Doing it daily or at least 4 times during the week, you will start to feel so much lighter. Exercise can help keep your body strong, and mentally drain the stresses and worries of both work and isolation.
COVID has made things difficult, forcing us into quarantine and challenging us to come face to face with the mental and physical strain of being isolated. It is important to realize however, that many of us are in the same boat facing these same struggles. We are resilient beings, determined to overcome and adapt to this new normal.
Keep in mind these helpful tips, consider taking them on to help your mental health. Moreover even though we may be physically isolated, maintaining that social contact digitally with friends and family can also help us a lot. You are not alone, stay safe.