Updated: May 29, 2020
As our to-do lists pile up and motivation becomes harder to find, there is one thing that needs to be at the top of our list. Self-care. Yes! I'm going there. You know why? Because quarantine is driving you crazy! There, I said it. Does that sting a little? I won't apologize; instead, I'll give you a few tips to help you get through these trying times.
I see you, working hard, in your sweatpants (let's hope you even have pants on) Zooming it out, WebExing here, FaceTiming there, and it's all for show. Well, let's be honest, it's all for the money. That's the reason you are there for the show. Nonetheless, you showed up! Yay!
In the beginning, this new way of life was all fun and games. You loved it! You felt privileged to video chat with your co-workers and clients from your home! And you did it with ease. It was as if you just stepped foot into a new club. You dressed up. You sprayed on your favorite scent—you setup your computer in an area that highlighted the best features of your spot (home). And you performed!
Fast forward to today. Look at you, hardly motivated, barely dressed, snacking on potato chips as your boss briefs you on the organization's latest insights and models. And you're asking yourself how you will make it through another day of this quarantine madness? You've crossed over to the dark side of showering at noon, eating boxed dinners, going live on your socials talking about how much you love cats. You hate cats. You're just doing that because you want to feel connected to something larger than yourself. And let's face it, the world has made cats larger than yourself. So, I get it, but this has got to stop. It's time to put some things on your to-do list that re-vitalize you.
I want you at your best. Let's get that pulse pulsating once more. The world is counting on you!
So, first things first:
1. Shower when you jump out of bed, and if you're about that life, make it a cold one. Studies have shown 5-10 minute cold showers increased alertness, boosts immune responses, and can even help with weight loss. I can use all of those benefits. Quarantine has been rough on my discipline, but I'm here for you, not to talk about me.
2. Dress for success. I shouldn't have to say this, but we are going back to the basics. You are judged on your appearance, by the observer and yourself. These are all facts, go to the Google Gods, and do the research. If you're looking to feel good, give yourself a head start daily by dressing the part. Show up to show out! Even if you don't have a video meeting. Dressing up is an instant confidence amplifier and a method for motivation.
3. Schedule time for just you. Pencil in time to do your own thing. What is your thing? Is it walking, journaling, running, or working out? Any of those things can help with stress management. Let's face it, these days we all have a lot to overthink. And oh, how we do it well! So, if you're not already doing it, consider taking time for yourself. You deserve some "you" time. Pick up or continue activities that directly enhance your mood. You will be a much better you because of it.
Monday is a new day and a unique opportunity to start again. Fall back into ways that bring you success. Consider trying out a few of the listed practices to help reset your mental space. Self-care is more critical than ever given the current state of the world. Invest in yourself first.