Updated: Jun 1, 2020
There is no denying that the current situation around the globe is unprecedented and hopefully a 'never to be repeated' experience for us all. The COVID-19 crisis will go down in history as one of the ultimate resilience testing chapters for all of humanity.
So what can we do about the situation and how do we make the most of it?
With any situation in life, we have options - options in how we chose to react to the crisis at a personal level. Tapping into our thoughts, actions and values leveraging our inner strengths to help us through.
What kind of person are you?
Are you a passenger simply idling as you watch the news, Insta-stories and Netflix, letting the noise dictate where you focus your attention?
Or are you stepping up to take action for what is within our 'circle of control'?
(If you have not read the wonderful book by Stephen R. Covey "The 7 Habits of highly effective people" then now is the time. Add it to your Self Isolation To Day List.)
Is in this BLOG I will be focused on helping you create personal strategies to address, Stephen R. Covey's Habit 1: Be Proactive is about taking responsibility for your life.
Top 5 To Day List Strategies -
1. Get yourself a To Day List. This will help you tap into your racing mind and help you slow it down. By starting to write things down it will force you to slow the thoughts and will assist you in prioritizing the day ahead. Refocusing your attention and simplifying your day.
2. Language is critical! What do you have and What can you do? Reframe your inner dialogue to focus on what you do have, and what you can do. Use your To Day List to assist with mapping out the day ahead by focusing on what you can do and what you do have. For example; Sunday; Morning exercise with the kids, Facetime a friend, fold washing, prepare dinner, pick up milk & eggs, Craft time with kids, Family boardgame after dinner, 10mins of Yoga before bed.
3. Stay disciplined & create a routine - it is far from 'normal' circumstances at the moment, but that should not stop you from staying disciplined and creating a 'new' routine. This will help focus your time and energy as well as ensure you create healthy habits and rituals at home.
Set the alarm to wake up, it doesn't need to be 5am, but should be a reasonable time to allow you to get the most out of the day ahead. Carpe diem - seize the day, as they say!
When having your morning cuppa, grab your To Day List and start to map out the day ahead. Be sure to build in a balance of To Day List tasks; work, chores, self-care and most important fun.
You may be at home but never lose sight of the power of being organised. If you were a meal prepper, or one to lay out clothes the night before and schedule time for activities keep it up. Not only will it help you manage self-isolation, but it will also support the transition back once this passes.
4. Focus on others & Pay it forward - there is no better way to feel good than to help someone else. Bake for a neighbour and leave it at their front door, gift someone a free coffee through your local café's pre-order App, send someone a virtual hug or call and check in on a friend to see how they are coping.
Try to add this to your To Day List as a daily practice and see how your mood improves.
5. Tap into the power of human chemistry to boost your mood naturally.
Serotonin - Helps regulate mood, sleep, appetite and learning. This is super important to ensure you are feeling your best and getting the most out of your day. Sunshine, exercise, micro-nutrient rich diet, quality sleep, water, gratitude & mindfulness practice will all be key.
Dopamine - Motivates us to take action by reinforcing the reward & pleasure center of our brains. Exercise, protein, sleep and acts of kindness are simple ways to boost your levels.
Oxytocin - creates intimacy, trust, and builds healthy relationships. It is also known as the 'Bonding or Love' chemical. With self-isolation there is no better time to boost this, in fact you may be able to super charge your levels with quality time with those you live with.
Endorphins - are your body's natural pain reliever. Daily exercise is the key. Be sure to include a consistent daily practice into your routine.
What if you live alone and/or feel lonely?
It is important to listen to your inner self-talk during this time, as self-isolation will be the greatest Mental Health challenge for us all. There are many free services available to support you and would encourage anyone who is struggle to reach out and seek help. I have listed a few services below:
Head to Health - Australian Government Health Department
Lifeline Australia, 13 11 14
Kids Help Line 1800 551 800
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
Be kind to yourself. No one has all the answers to surviving in a crisis like this. Remember that we are all in it together and the feelings, emotions and thoughts you are experiencing will be shared by so many around the world.
Stay connected and tap into your network of like-minded people. Surrounding yourself with positive people, posts and messages will help boost your mood and keep your mind calm.
Grab yourself a To Day List and take a positive step in your circle of control.
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