How to remain sane during lock down and beyond

There are many ways of doing things and so many voices out there telling us what we should and should not be doing. What we need is to figure out what works for us on an individual basis, as no one is the same and everyone is motivated by many different things. So on the side of my PC screen, I have a number of sticky notes that act as a reminder of what works for me and of what I need to do, especially when I just don’t feel like work or life for that matter!

In a nutshell, these have been my sanity pointers:

  1. Routine
  2. Conscious attention
  3. Certainties
  4. Take a breath

Number 1:

Stick to a routine during the week. When you find yourself procrastinating or just not making progress, take a moment to focus on something you really good at. Boost your confidence and then go back and try again. Make an effort to engage in a conversation or simply find out how a friend is doing. We should not lose touch just because we are homebound. Getting in some sun is super important especially when one is cooped up inside all day long. Vitamin D is naturally absorbed from the sun and boosts your immune system which results in improved resistance against diseases. It may prove to be quite helpful in these uncertain times. And it makes you feel good – so just make a point and get out there! And on the weekends, be spontaneous and shake things up a bit – whatever that means for you.

Number 2:

You know when those deep dark moments creep into your mind and somehow your entire perspective is blown out of proportion? You totally lose sight of what is good and beautiful and worth investing time in. It’s in these moments when I ask myself these questions. Somehow they seem to rein in those unwanted, depressing thoughts. I’m not going to lie to you. This does take conscious effort and attention to acknowledge and despite being difficult to do at times, it certainly is worth it.

Number 3:

Grounding principles do exactly that, they ground you. Just take a moment to reflect on what you know about yourself.

  • I know I have a purpose. I know I am a good data analyst. I know I can do whatever I put my mind to.
  • I am sure of my ability to be an amazing wife. I am sure that I am a child of God.
  • I control this very decision I have to make. I control who I speak to, what I watch, what I read (Clean your windows).

Sometimes in the moment, speaking it out loud helps to solidify the truth. And we all know that the truth will set you free.

Number 4:

Thankfulness and gratitude certainly brings back that lost perspective. Just be. That doesn’t take much!

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