It's up to each of us to boost our wellbeing right now
We've learned through trail and error how to keep our mood up, stress levels down, and stay away from covid19 during the past 3 months. Here's what we are doing to boost our own wellbeing and keep our household intact during this pandemic. Sometimes I feel like I've been catapulted into a completely different and very weird world. Like everyone else, my plans for 2020 for my personal life and my two businesses have been completely disrupted, with no end in sight.
When there is massive disruption it takes its toll and changes the energy of things. Click To Tweet It's our job as the leaders of our businesses to swing our mindset and our actions around and adjust our sails for the new waters. I'm sharing my own actions for our wellbeing with you. You're welcome to share your ideas as comments below, as well. We each have to lead ourselves through disruption and change.
Take stock of the changes in your personal life
My personal life blends into my business life almost seamlessly, so that one impacts the other. From a personal perspective the disruption caused by covid19 are these:
- I cannot travel. Last year I spent a full 3 months of the year outside the United States, visiting 18 countries. This year every single trip we planned and paid for has been cancelled. From a “managing the business of your home” perspective that means I've been spending time tracking what refunds we should get and noticing that the wait times for those is stretching into 3 months and counting. It's my job as the CEO of our household to track these, watching that we get refunded what we should be refunded. Companies are not doing this in a timely manner, I've noticed.
- We cannot make use of our neighborhood's facilities right now, including the pool, gym, social activities, and restaurant.
- We want to boost our wellbeing by increasing our lung capacity and health.
- We avoid crowds and therefore most of our shopping is online or drive-through pickup.
- We experience times of feeling sad and lacking our normal social life.
- We miss our local beaches where we often get sunshine, fresh air, and exercise.
It helps you gain perspective to list the changes that have resulted in your personal life because of the pandemic. Click To Tweet Acknowledge those changes, and then set about changing things to accommodate how you must live right now.
7 ways to boost your mental and physical wellness and safety
- Get exercise even if you have to stay indoors. I've purchased a low-cost 20 minute online workout program to force myself to get exercise at least 3 times a week. To make sure I use what I've bought, I put this on my calendar.
- Research and add supplements to help boost your immunity and lung health. I've added vitamins and herbs to our daily regimen that specifically support the lungs and made sure that we are taking plenty of Vitamin C, so that if we do get covid19 we have hopefully strengthened our lungs for healings.
- Change your shopping habits to stay away from crowds. We have completely rearranged our shopping habits, buying almost everything online. Having groceries delivered or using the drive-through pickups at our farmer's market and grocery store. Our purpose is to minimize our time spent in crowded places, which isn't safe for us right now.
- Get a buddy and do a daily mental health checkin. We do a daily checkin about how we are feeling mentally – mood wise – talking about the sadness we are feeling as we realize that our way of life together as we've known it is changed and many of these changes will likely become permanent.
- Create virtual social events. We've created 2 Zoom-based virtual get togethers each week with neighbors to help combat loneliness and feeling isolated from each other.
- Shift your budget around to support new activities. Since we are not traveling we wanted to figure out something to get us out of the house but still be away from big crowds, and enjoy our beach time. Our solution is to use our travel budget for this year to purchase a 6 month membership offered to locals for access to a private beach club. It's beautiful, resort-like, not crowded except on weekends when we stay away, and we can have beach time and pool time as many days of the week as we want.
- Help others. Do something small every single day for someone else. Write a card, make a call, make a small monetary donation to a charity you support if you can. Helping others helps you, too.
Related articles and videos
Here's an article I wrote about finding the courage to face something hard that might be helpful. And here's a special video I created about 5 steps to recovering from pandemic.
The take-aways for boosting wellbeing are:
- Watch your income and expenses and make sure you're getting what you should be getting if you're in a refund situation.
- Shift budgeted money around to fit your current life.
- Give yourself something to look forward to each day.
- Create ways to work around isolation and loneliness.
- Take super-good care of yourself mentally and physically.
- Talk to your spouse, family, or friends. Help those you care about name what's sad or fearful to them, and you do the same.
The bottom line is to take care of yourself and your business, and keep your mindset and energy clean and strong. That's our job as the leaders of our life.
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