If you’re feeling uncertain about how you’ll stay on track with your work or studies during the COVID-19 outbreak, don’t worry. Follow these easy steps and you’ll feel more balanced and empowered to keep going.
Keep a routine
A sudden change in your routine can make it difficult to stay on track the way you’re used to - that’s why it’s important to keep a routine that’s as close as possible to your usual one. Wake up on time, get ready for the day, exercise and take your lunch breaks as usual. These small things will make a big difference to your wellbeing.
Set daily goals
Setting daily goals for yourself every morning’s an easy way to prioritise what you’ll be focusing on throughout the day. Keep your goals SMART- you can learn more on this here.
Embrace your space
Since you’ll now be spending a lot more time at home, it’s important to keep your living space clean, comfortable and enjoyable to be in. Just because there’s a lot of uncertainty going on outside, doesn’t mean your living space should be chaotic.
Stay in touch
Whether it’s to ask for advice or just catch up, make sure you take some time to stay in touch with your friends, loved ones and colleagues. Phone calls, messaging and video chats are just a few ways to maintain communication and socialise - even from a distance.
Whether you’re in self-isolation or lockdown, it’s important to be flexible and adapt based on your current circumstances. Remember to keep your teachers, lecturers or superiors at work updated, should you experience any delays or difficulties in completing your tasks.
While it’s important to be aware of your limitations, focusing on your setbacks won’t help you stay on track. In times such as these, it’s important to be resourceful and keep going, wherever you are and with whatever you have. Use the internet to find free resources you can make use of, and keep an eye out for community organisations or other institutions that are offering useful information, tools and assistance.
Embrace your independence
You may not have control over what’s going on in the outside world, but you have complete control over yourself. Embrace this time as an opportunity to learn important skills that build your independence. You may not be able to rely on others as much as before, but this can be a good thing if you turn it into a learning experience.
In uncertain times, it can feel nearly impossible to not worry about the situation. However, panicking is the worst thing you can do for your mental and even physical health. Limit your time on social media, only get your facts from reputable sources such as the Department of Health and calm your mind with these mental tricks or some yoga poses.
This is a challenging time that will likely push you out of your comfort zone. Embrace your obstacles as a chance to learn, and take care of your body and mind. Stay safe!