Since many of us are confined to our homes, we crave distractions to take our minds off of what's happening out there at the moment. We can turn on the TV, but we'll just see depressing news about the virus over and over again.
Watching Netflix is an option, but after a few hours, we feel unproductive and lazy. What should we do with all this extra time?
Doing an online self-development course or getting online coaching can fill up that time with an activity that is both productive and good for your mental health. It'll feel great to be moving forward, learning, and developing both personally and professionally.
What the best pastime activities are for you is a challenge to find out. A coach can help here.
Some other interesting resources about protecting your mental health during the coronavirus crisis are here by the BBC and here by the British Safety Council.
Two likely scenarios for daily life emerge as a result of the COVID-19 situation:
1. You fall into a state of inertia, i.e. not doing anything productive, struggling to find purpose and meaning, basically living in stupor.
2. You go into overdrive, trying to make the most out of the extra time you have, doing all the things you couldn't before, and head towards a burn-out.
None of these scenarios bodes well for your mental and physical well-being in the long run. If the coronavirus crisis only lasted a week, you'd probably be fine. However, experts all over the world are warning that this could go on for months.
For this reason, you need to have a longer-term strategy in place for structuring your daily life. A coach can guide you in this process and help you establish a new routine that balances out all 4 of the most important life dimensions: physical, mental, social, and spiritual.
Your new routine could look like this:
8:00 : wake up
8:05 : morning meditation session
8:30 : breakfast
9:00: start work from home
12:00: home workout session
13:00: continue work from home
18:00: talk to friends/family online or entertainment (reading, Netflix, social media)
20:00: personal/professional development, e.g. online course, coaching
21:00: relaxed down-time, e.g. reading
The coronavirus crisis is to be taken very seriously. There has been serious loss of life and a massive negative impact on many people so far. Nevertheless, it should not be blown out of proportion in relation to our own lives.
It's very easy to gain a sense of impending doom and go spiraling down to a dark place where you feel like the world is going to end any day now.
A coach can help you regain perspective on the implications, short-term and long-term impact of this event on your life in particular. They can provide you with ways to look beyond what's happening right now.
There will be a life after coronavirus. I know it sounds dramatic, but it can really feel like this is the new normal and will be henceforth. That's not the case. There may be changes, but regular life will resume.
This is the perfect opportunity for reviewing your usual habits and routines. Are there any things you'd like to do differently after the crisis? Were you looking to change jobs before the virus hit? Did you want to incorporate mindfulness in your life? Thinking of exercising more? Reading more?
Why not start now? Get a coach to set you up with a new life plan that will help you achieve success, happiness and balance on your own terms.
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