You're Doing Amazing Sweetie!
Updated: Jun 23, 2020
CORONAVIRUSSSSSS. I hope you read that in Cardi B's voice. Miss. Rona is not only affecting people's physical lives but she's really messing with people's mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so I had to make the last post of the month talking about this important topic.
During these unprecedented times (how sick are you of hearing that phrase?), it is SO crucial to set some boundaries for yourself. I've been seeing everywhere "Make sure you check on your friends!" and "Don't forget about your friends!" Don't get me wrong, yes, it is great to check on your friends. But for some people, they don't have the mental capacity to do so at this time. If you're one of these people, communicate with your circle, that just because you haven't checked on them, doesn't mean you don't care about them. We are all dealing with a lot right now and handling this the best way we know how. When you're ready, set up a facetime call with loved ones and friends.
For the folks who have to work from home. Yes, we are grateful that we have the privilege to work from home, but that doesn't mean it's all sunshine and smiles. At first, working from home gave me serious anxiety. I work in a fast paced, high stress work environment and the thought of bringing that into my home sent me into outer space. MAYDAY. MAYDAY. ABORT MISSION. I had to set boundaries for myself, that looked like; not working past 4:00. Anything that I was unable to finish, I started off with the next day. While I would prepare for my clients, I played music in the background. I granted myself a lunch break, I would eat, talk to my family, sit outside for a bit and then get back to work. Moral of the story; don't let work consume your day.
I recognize that everyone's at home experience is different but don't be too hard on yourself, this is a global pandemic. Not a "Who can be the most productive contest." Don't unnecessarily push yourself beyond your limits. Be aware of your feelings and accept that it's okay to feel down sometimes. Have a definition of what a 'happy you' would look like and keep working towards that definition every day. One thing that has helped me, has been planning specific things to do, once lockdown is over. This way, I continuously have something to look forward to. Try to create structure within your day, structure will give you a sense of normalcy during this crazy time. Go outside, take a walk. The sun does wonders for the soul. Try a new recipe, explore a new hobby, and turn OFF the news. I'm also a huge fan of mindfulness and diffusion exercises. They focus on being present, and being aware of your body & thoughts. One of my favourite videos is by FableFy great for reducing anxiety and stress. If you really need support and feel like you can't speak to anyone, the Canadian Mental Health Association has a helpline you can call ANYTIME at 1-888-811-2222.
You're doing just fine. We will get through this.