With Singapore being on a circuit breaker for the next month until 4th May, which means no more going out unless its essential, such as grocery trips and to take away food, things are starting to get a little overwhelming and some people have not been able to cope with the overwhelming workload and unprecedented daily events.
I recently shared this post over on the showit blog when the team invited me to do an instagram stories and blog post takeover, and I was so honoured to share my passion for mental health and some of these easy tips to cope with overwhelm whilst in quarantine.
Mindfulness is especially important, more so during the global pandemic of COVID-19 and the situation is changing rapidly by the day, please know that you are not alone during this period of quarantine and working from home and we will get through this together.
Today I’ll be sharing with you 4 Tips will help you cope with any stress and overwhelm you may be facing.
I used to think that journaling was such a waste of time, but journaling has honestly been one of the things that has changed my life and cope with my anxiety.
Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed and I have a never ending to do list of things, I’ll take a step back and look at things, take out one of my 20 notebooks ( I do love notebooks) and start brain dumping and list out every single thing I need to do, until I can’t think of anymore things to do.
Then break them down into different days. After which, I’ll always journal out how I’m feeling about each task, and WHY I’m feeling the way I do.
One of the things I’ve learnt from therapy is asking yourself why you are feeling the way you do? Because that’s where your thoughts start to form from. Being able to acknowledge these feelings and thoughts.
Now you don’t have to use a fancy journal of any sorts, any sort of notebook will do. But one of my favourite journals is by An organised Life, I love how I’m able to customise and make it my own and have my thoughts safe inside, and be able to look back on them one day.
Now, meditation is something that I’ve been practicing for the past 4 years of my life, it’s a little bit of a challenging one but my challenge to you is to put on a guided meditation podcast.
I love listening to the Meditation Minis Podcast On Spotify to guide me in my meditation practice. I always sit on the bench outside on my garden and balcony and play any one of their episodes, because any background music or guided meditation makes it a lot easier to concentrate.
If you don’t have a balcony, find a quiet space in your home, your bedroom is the best place to meditate. I find the best meditation is done at night before bed time, or anytime in the day that you feel the need to step away from work.
If you’re able to sit still for at least 10 mins without blinking your eyes and getting distracted, you are in a state of mindfulness. I know it sounds kinda scary but once you’re able to fully immerse yourself in the state of meditation and mindfulness, you’ll find that once you get back into doing your tasks and work. It’s such a game changer.
- Do an at home workout or practice yoga
One of the things i’ve been doing every single day since working from home is getting back into my yoga practice, or even getting an at home workout can help get your body moving, sweating and releasing any tension and stress in your body.
I’m such a huge yogi, i’ve been practicing yoga for the past 6 years of my life. I’m not an expert at yoga, neither am I flawless. Yoga uses the mind, body and soul connection to naturally ground your body to hold the positions.
In each position that you hold, such as the downward dog and child’s pose, you are cultivating the habit of mindfulness and concentration by being in that state. The end goal of yoga is not about how well you can hold a pose but how you feel in that pose.
I’ve been loving the yoga sessions by Boho Beautiful, here is my personal youtube yoga playlist compilation where I usually rotate between a few of these yoga sessions depending on what I’m feeling that day, and will always update the playlist!
Try doing a workout or yoga practice on a daily basis after work, trust me it does wonders! You truly will feel zen and in that mindfulness state. It’s hard to explain, but once you try it, you’ll know what I’m talking about!
04. Learn a new skill & Self Development
During this quarantine and work from home period is one of the best ways to learn a new skill and educate yourself more about your industry. I’ve never really had the time to dive into online courses and do the things I’ve missed doing such as baking.
I’ve recently invested in Joanna Wiebe’s 10x Sales Pages because I am a full time copywriter. Using this opportunity to train, upgrade and educate myself in my industry to better the client experience.
Baking is another one of my passions and have finally had the chance to get down and get my hands dirty, baking some chocolate chip cakes and just indulging. I mean why not?
So go on and try some of these tips out, because getting active and doing new things are only some of the ways to get your body moving and keeping active during quarantine.
Remember, we’re all in this together and can get through this!