There is nothing normal about the situation we are all living through right now.
We would all love to wake up one morning and find it was all a bad dream, but unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.
Every day I hear from people telling me that they aren’t sleeping, or that they are sleeping all the time. Others tell me that they are having a hard time finding the motivation to do the things they know they need to be doing or that they find themselves bursting into tears over something small (or for no reason at all).
If you are feeling this way, know that you aren’t alone. In fact, a recent study shows that 67% of people report higher levels of stress since before the COVID-19 outbreak. 54% say they are more emotionally exhausted than before.
That’s a good description, isn’t it?
So what can you do about it?
One of the things that can help tremendously is to create a sense of normalcy. Or maybe it’s better referred to as “new normalcy.”
Create a framework or a routine for your day.
Try to do the things you would normally do…
- Make up your bed,
- Fix your coffee
- Build a morning routine that leads into your day
- Don’t allow yourself to “overwork” while working at home
- Establish a set number of hours or a set schedule for working
- Make sure you are taking breaks throughout the day.
Set a time for your workday to end, and when it does, walk away from your desk and do something completely different.
Go for a walk, listen to music, dance. If your workday has you on a computer all day, make sure your transition activity is not “screen focused.” Don’t watch videos on your phone or plop down in front of the TV right away.
And the most important thing you can do… limit the amount of time you spend watching, reading, or listening to the news. Too much exposure to the news increases your anxiety and stress levels.
At a time when we don’t have answers for so many questions, including “how much longer will this last?” creating some semblance of a routine will help you to feel more in control of your surroundings and your situation.