While these are unprecedented times, there is no better solution to strife than a community like Integrous Women. We’re here to guide you through this difficult situation. We want you to come out of this not only have survived but thrived. So here are our top tips to keep you growing and connected during COVID-19:
- Social Distancing to Physical Distancing
You see it everywhere; the government is telling you to do it, your friends on social media are using it as a hashtag, but what does it mean? As a concept, this is crucial, but we think social distancing needs a rebrand. Think of social distancing as “physical distancing”. It’s vital that you stay social for your own mental health. This means chatting to friends over Facebook, Zoom, Facetime or whatever platform you like. We’re lucky to live in a digital age where there are many ways to stay in touch with your loved ones. Take advantage of this!
Tune in with yourself. What is your body telling you? If you don’t feel like running a mile, don’t do it! If you feel like dancing it out in your living room, DO! If you’re feeling anxious, go diffuse some essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus.
It’s more important than ever to make sure you are working towards reaching a state of contentment, inside and out. Focus your energy on preparing healthy food without complete restriction and keep hydrated. Most importantly, be gentle to yourself! You are doing the best you can.
Working from home can be difficult if you’re not used to it. Maybe the cat’s been walking across your computer all day and you can’t help but pet him, or you have kids and now you’re expected to be a teacher, a mom, and a nanny all in one. We get it, it’s not easy to wear multiple hats when you’re lacking support. Here are a few of our best tips for staying on top of your workload and even excelling at working from home:
- Try time blocking using the Pomodoro Technique.
- Schedule break times in your day.
- Set the intention daily for the top 1-3 things you must accomplish today and prioritize those items.
- Do the top priority FIRST, then move on to the rest.
- Create your schedule for the following day the night before.
- Stick to your morning routine.
- Be open and flexible to things shifting during the day.
- Practice grace and surrender
This is perhaps the most important of all of the tips. Before this pandemic began, it’s likely that you fell victim to comparison. Whether this is scrolling through Instagram and looking at women’s figures or comparing yourself to your friends who have gotten further along in their career. Now that we all have so much time on our hands to reflect on these, it’s easy to forget that there is no set timeline for achievement. We are all different and our journeys will be different as well.
Just remember, you are not your productivity. You are you: Killing it in whatever you set you mind to and loved no matter what you are doing!