For most, today was the 1st day in what is likely to be a long period of time working from home. Normally speaking, a day spent working from home can feel more like a novelty, or atleast, less ‘like work’ due to the change in environment but with our home now to become or office for the next 10, 14, 20 days … how can we re-frame the situation so that we benefit from this lull in life that is normally filled with appointments, meetings, kids and social stress.
To answer this we must first start with ackowledging the main issue we, as human beings, face surrounding our health, habit improvements and overall ability to stay on-top of our fitness – TIME.
They say, time waits for no man and it is certainly no more evident then it is within peoples working day. In fact, society is setup to promote a high paced, progress fast, “push – push – push” style mentality at the demise of many peoples health, lifestyle and overall happiness. People yearn for holidays and down time yet when they get this time away, they’re so tired they lack the vigour to begin to work on themselves, they lack the mental agility to begin to focus on their priorities, and essentially they slip into the age-old ‘escapism mindset’ to try set themselves apart from their busy work-life only to return to their job, while somewhat rested, still living a time-poor, chaos filled existence.
So what if we could take the current COVID-19 situtation and flip it to work in our favour? To see this somewhat enforced slowing of life as an opportunity, an opportunity you were desperately looking for; to be able to slow down, take a breather and calm the chaos of normal life so you can take some time to reset things and re-gain control of certain aspect of your health and happiness?
We know the media will continue to build social hysteria, we know the situation will likley get worse before it gets better and this will undoubtedly spill over into peoples mindsets, but what if we chose to be different and see this new free time, as a chance to reset and refocus personal prioritites, take 30mins each day (time that would usually be spent in traffic to and from our work place) and work through habit issues so that when we bounce back to normal societal activities post Covid-19, not only are we rested but we are now operating at a higher level of self-care surroundling healthy habits, mindset and with a direction for our health once again?
Here are our 4 top tips to helping you get the most from all the free time over the coming days and week (s)
#1: Daily Routine Creation:
We know that routine and systemisation of working duties allow for higher level output, this prinicple also rings through for personal care and self-improvement. Each day, begin with a plan of action points that you hope to carry out. For example, get up 15minutes earlier and make that breakfast you would typical skip in normal life, put the headphones in at your designated lunch time and go for a walk around the local estate, park, town. Plan self-care into your day where you would normally have spent the time commuting to / from your work place!
#2: Waste Time to Help the Mind Unravel:
As humans, society tells us that time is to be used wisely; but what if doing nothing is EXACTLY what the mind, body and soul need to release stress, internal anxiety and just take the pressure of career-focused-living off your shoulders. Read a book, sit on a park bench, go for a walk and listen to the sounds of nature. This will promote a sense of inner relaxation and allow the mind to feel ‘free’ once again. This sense of inner freedom is the starting point to any self growth or new motivational cycles – all of which are key for longterm habit change.
#3: Ask yourself more Questions:
If we are to look at creating new habits with all the free time we now have, we must start by asking why are we currently doing what we are doing! (or not doing!) Take 15mins each day and ask yourself why do you feel the mood you do, why does the body feel tired, sore, stiff, why do we lack motivation to cook healthy meals .. the list goes on! The question ‘Why’ is the most powerful question we can ask ourselves, it will bring you to a point of honesty, the source of all lifesttyle changes.
#4: Forecast your feelings to your new habits:
The holy grail of change! We see so many struggle with change and finding it hard to set new directions because they dwell on the current state of being – when it comes to helping yourself, it’s massively influential on your mind to forecast your feelings when making a descion:
** for example:
How will I feel about myself if I went for a walk at lunch today rather than watch TV on my sofa?
This will help you, break through old mindset blocks and allow you to slowly take control once again! When we acknowledge how we will feel, we immediately buy into the idea which, when it results in a positive action is the holy grail to complete long lasting change, habit management … and longterm happiness!
So instead of getting sucked in to the cabin-fever lifestyle over the coming days, see it as an opportunity to use free time to reset, re-gain control and set yourself up for success!