With millions of Americans and global citizens in self-quarantine, lockdown, or work from home status, life is all of a sudden very different. Burnout expert, and award-winning lifestyle coach, Neha O’Rourke would like to offer:
Tips on how to manage your energy during coronavirus chaos
Choose empowering thoughts
It’s really easy to get caught up in fear in these situations – and that’s not always a bad thing (think: fear is helping you buy soap or cleaning products). Just evaluate if your fears are empowering you and are constructive or if they are merely draining your energy. If they are draining your energy, try to reframe it to be an empowering thought.
Control what’s in your control and let go of the rest
You can’t control what’s going on around you, but you can control your thoughts, actions and choices: keep up your hygiene, choose where you interact, take preventative measure, etc. From there, recognize that other things are out of your hands and worrying about that will not serve you. You worrying will actually cause stress, which we know has negative effects on immunity.
Get perspective and be mindful of your impact on others
Many of us are lucky enough to work at jobs that allow us to stay home or in a safe environment. There are many who do not have that luxury. Additionally, remind yourself that although you may not be in the highest risk category, your choices can affect someone’s parent, grandparent, brother, sister, mother, etc. Think about your privilege and make choices with your impact in mind .
Tips on how to shift fear based thinking during coronavirus (per th CDC)
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Tips on how to work from home
- Maintain Regular Hours. Set a schedule, and stick to it
- Create a Morning Routine.
- Set Ground Rules With the People in Your Space.
- Schedule Breaks.
- Take Breaks in Their Entirety.
- Keep a Dedicated Office Space.
In this time of uncertainty, confusion, and chaos: we must be grateful for the simple things.
Neha O’Rourke is the Founder and Career Coach at Somewhere In Between Coaching, a coaching company that empowers women around the country and across industries in designing a career and life they love. Since founding Somewhere In Between, Neha has served hundreds of women in avoiding career burnout through her signature 1:1 career coaching programs, research-based blog series, and public appearances. She was recently named “20 on the Rise” in the coaching category by Honeybook and Rising Tide Society.