We are nearing five months of being cooped up at home. All of us are now facing the new normal — homeschooling your kids, working from home, wearing a mask when going out, and isolating in cramped apartments with roommates.
The pandemic is apparently a challenging time. And while we are still battling the virus, the fear and anxiety haven’t slowed down. To help you get used to the current situation, here are a few tips below.
Take it Slow
The new reality requires us to have a new mindset — you have to accept that some things are not the same anymore. At first, it can be a bit difficult for you to juggle work, homeschooling, and child care all at the same time. Lower your standards and tell yourself that it will take a while for you to adjust to this new routine.
Always Be Kind
It can be stressful when you’re always cooped up at home. So, when it comes to dealing with your family, politeness can come in handy. This isn’t really the time to let the stress get the best of you. Be kind, be polite, and handle people with compassion. Most importantly, be kind to yourself. Learn how to manage expectations at home and work.
Don’t rush things. Be in the moment and be mindful of everything. Just like reading a book with different chapters, consider this new phase as a challenging one, yet a process that you will have to go through slowly. Some chapters can be a little rough and that’s absolutely okay. Also, chapters do end so stay positive and think that this pandemic won’t be here for a long time.
Check Everyone at Work
If you’re running your own company and most of your employees are working from home, chances are some people will feel disconnected and isolated. When you have virtual meetings, keep it interesting and ask each and everyone how they’re doing. Let each member talk about any positive thing that has happened in the past days/weeks. In this way, you keep your team connected and reduce the feeling of isolation.
Celebrate the Little Things
As tough as the new normal can be, don’t forget to make time to celebrate the little things. Have you hit that quota in your job? That’s awesome. Why not treat yourself and order food from your local restaurant! Learned a new skill while in quarantine? Great! Let your kids know about it and teach them. Remember we don’t need big events in our lives to make us happy. As clicheic as this may sound, it’s always the little things that matter.
The pandemic has impacted all of us and has changed our lives in so many ways. Yes, it can be a little rough at first, but we have to do our best to carry on with our day-to-day routine. We hope the list above will help you to continually adapt to the current situation. Remember, we are all in this together.