It has been, and will continue to be a period of unprecedented change as the Coronavirus impacts us. A few thoughts here based on both personal and points from others in the past week.
- Don’t react too quickly
In times of stress, we can sometimes act now, and think later. I have resisted posting on social media threads which have infuriated me, asking myself, “how will reacting with anger will really help me?”. Critical decisions in the business have been considered, but, to date, the government support package looks like it might help us. It was right to wait.
- Clear out the people that don’t fit my values
It has been disappointing to read or see some views that don’t fit with my values. Be they prejudicial, political, unkind or mocking others that may be anxious, I don’t want to see it. So, where applicable, I have turned them off my social media platforms.
- Be grateful, Be Kind
I take a step back and remember all the good things from the day. The people or situations that made me smile. I try and do this before I go to sleep, and if it involves a person, I will make a point of thanking them the next day. In the community, I have offered various offers of support to vulnerable people, or just those that I can help.
- Stick to my routine
I have always adopted a morning routine. Now more than ever it has been great to stick to that. It has helped frame the day and make sure I focus on the things that really matter.
- Connect in new ways
Whether it be Zoom, Webex or Skype, it has been comforting and motivating to see and hear people, and carry on communicating. The networking group I am in enjoyed it so much, we have shifted from a normal meeting every two weeks, to a weekly call. I have continued to prepare for each of these diary slots just as if they were physical meetings. Next week I’m dropping in to a number of Zoom meetings, and helping facilitate another with a golf networking group I am with.
- Move and Posture.
Tony Robbins often says “Motion creates Emotion”. This can be something as simple as standing up straighter and changing your posture or something more intensive like going for a brisk walk or run to loosen up. (Please consider whether by going “out” or exercising you will run the risk of becoming a drain on any of our key workers or affect the vulnerable we are trying to shield. My attempted Yoga Lotus Handstand will definitely NOT be repeated in a hurry!)
- Eat healthy and stay hydrated.
The phrase “comfort food” comes to mind. When we are stuck in, the treat cupboard shouts at us and we can be tempted into consuming snacks, sweets and carbo-heavy foods. Assuming you can get to the supermarket, make sure you’re still eating good-quality food, fruit and vegetables, and drinking water. A healthy diet can really help us feel better as we get through this, it is also great for the immune system.”
- Sleep well… but don’t over do it!
The work from home routine means you will probably have more time in the morning. It’s easy to accept a longer lie in. Set your alarm for the same time as normal, and fill the time you now have with something productive. Avoid working or taking calls in bed. You don’t want your bed to be a place you associate with the stresses of work.
- Confront my worries
I found myself wanting to catch up with news headlines, breaking news, new statistics. It was totally unproductive. I use my morning routine to try and list concerns that I have as “Those I can do something about” and “Out of my control”.
- Keep Calm
My head has been so, so busy. I look forward to my daily Calm routine, and have taken to playing Opera, and Piano Music to try to keep my head from thinking too much. Find a way to let your head be rested, and let thoughts come and go.
- Note to self. Necessity inspires action.
The past week I think we have all amazed ourselves with how much we can achieve, and adapt to. We should remind ourselves of a) how much we can do in a crisis and b) what we can do differently to learn from this. This quote says it best:
“When faced with a radical crisis, when the old way of being in the world, of interacting with each other and with the realm of nature doesn’t work anymore, when survival is threatened by seemingly insurmountable problems, an individual life-form — or a species — will either die or become extinct or rise above the limitations of its condition through an evolutionary leap.”
Stay healthy, Stay safe, Stay home. Protect the NHS and all those key workers.