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Turn off the electronics. Get 8 hours of sleep.
The more electronic devices we use in the evening, the harder it is to fall asleep or stay asleep. Besides increasing our alertness at a time when we should be getting sleepy, which in turn delays our bedtime, using these devices before turning in delays the onset of REM sleep, reduces the total amount of REM sleep, and compromises alertness the next morning. Over time, these effects can add up to a significant, chronic deficiency in sleep.
Eat something nourishing
UnityPoint Clinic put together this great infographic to share the importance of eating nourishing foods.
Set a timer on your social media use for the day or limit it to certain hours
Some social media apps, like Instagram, will enable you to set a notification to let you know when you’ve spent a certain amount of time on the app. Otherwise, consider an app and plug-in like BlockSite, which you can use to block certain sites during “work hours” that you set.
Spend some time learning How to Be with Uncertainty
The amazingly wonderful and refreshing self-doubt coach, Sas Petherick, released this podcast during the middle of last year. Little could she have known how relevant it would be today. Have a listen and introduce yourself to Sas’s ideology and warm support.
Video chat with friends and family you haven’t touched base with in a while
Now is the time to connect with your friends and family. Set up a regular video chat to connect everyone. Consider using your favorite video service (I like how user friendly Zoom (Tip: start 5-10 minutes before or after the hour to help cut down on bandwidth challenges).
With old friends, catch up on where things are now, reminisce and take a trip down memory lane. While connecting may not result in a rekindling of the closeness that existed before, the fond memories for both of you and prospective laughs at the lessons learned will still soothe the soul.
Share the Love. Support your friends’ and community’s small businesses
Like and Share their post(s)
Tag others to introduce them to the business
Genuinely engage on social media
Post a relevant pic and tag them
Give them a shout out / refer your friends
Leave a review
Make a purchase, even if it’s small – many local companies are getting creative and doing deliveries or pick-ups (here in Portland, Steven Smith Teamaker is making all of us tea drinkers very happy in this way – if you’re not local, have some shipped, you won’t be disappointed – if the business is doing live sessions, consider donating as a thank you for their time and value.
Write down 3 things you’re grateful for
Take a few moments to write down three things you’re grateful for each day. It doesn’t hurt that gratitude is good for your health and immune system, too! Check out my blog post on the power of gratitude here.
Pay it forward
Do you belong to one or two consumer rewards programs? Free coffee after you buy 10, for example. Next time you get to your free item, consider passing it forward to the person behind you. I promise, the feel-good boost you get from it and the way you’ll make their day makes it more than worth it.
Take a virtual tour of a place you’ve been wanting to see
Good Housekeeping already put together a great list of Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks for us to consider.
Take a break for some mental engagement
Do a jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzle, sudoku – whatever suits your fancy (if you don’t have them in physical form, download an app!). Perhaps you could use the time to read or write. These little moments for ourselves help boost our mood, teach us new things about ourselves, boost cognitive power, and help us connect in to the bigger world around us.
Step up your internal communication game!
With so many peoples’ work situations changing and a collective acceptance that life is messy and we’re all learning together; there’s more space and flexibility than ever to learn, grow, and hone our working and communication styles. Basecamp, a project management tech company, has made their Guide to Internal Communication available to all. Take a peruse through. While it’s not all going to be relevant, there’s a good chance you’ll pull a few nuggets to apply in your own day-to-day interactions with colleagues under this new working structure.
Looking for work? Network!
I know, it sounds counterintuitive, but now is the time. When companies begin hiring again in earnest, you will be top of mind. If you are not comfortable with the selling elements of networking, then this is your time to shine. Grab a “virtual” coffee, focus on catching up with and checking in on each other; just make sure you take a very small moment to let people know you’re looking and be clear on what you’re looking for. There is a lot of gratitude and support from the business community and people want to help. They just need to know how, so they can when the opportunity presents itself.
Switch up your laundry routine
Hang your clothes out to dry instead of using a dryer to reduce your carbon footprint. This also prevents damage that high heat might cause.
Donate to food bank and consider supporting a local business, if you can
Times are tough on many, with people sheltering in and so many having lost their jobs. Demand is high and resources are low. Donate those canned goods you still have yet to eat; let’s be honest, at this point you probably aren’t going to. If you’re keeping your pantry staples, consider donating $5-10 gift cards from local restaurants doing takeout and delivery. Support both those in need and your local small business at the same time!
Find new recipes for pantry staples
Do you get bored with the same old food? Have pantry items that just aren’t seeming to fit into your new routine? Many recipe websites, like Forks Over Knives are sharing pantry-friendly recipes (including that random can of beans you’ve had trouble fitting into your other recipes!). No one wants to have to go to the store more than necessary. Consider setting aside meal and snack prep time and freezing meals to use down the road to allow for more fruits, veggies, and variety!
Buy in Bulk
With many individuals buying essentials online or for local delivery, consider buying food, bathroom essentials, and cleaning supplies (if not making your own) in bulk. Save the empty bottles and reuse them. You’ll have money and the environment (via disposable packaging) in one fell swoop!
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