I admit the first few days for me was difficult, but eventually, I got the hang of it. Let this hyperactive extrovert teach you how to keep your sanity intact during self-isolation. I know you need it, too. 🙂
1. Remember that lots of people on self – isolation are still in shock, anxious, lonely, and (most likely) are financially unprepared. Extend patience to most people, even assholes on social media. It takes practice, but it’s worth it. I walked away and stayed calm in some debates and didn’t think much about it.
2. On that note, get off social media as much as you can. I do business here but some of you don’t. Keep the Messenger App if you want to get in touch with friends or family, or stick to other messaging apps. I deleted my FB phone app.
3. Listen to positive messages. You are not alone, worse things have happened to better people, and YES there IS a way out of this. Tune in to positive affirmations on Youtube or good vibes podcasts. If you can, find a copy of “Man’s Search for Meaning” (Viktor Frankl), best to read at this time.
4. Journal. Instead of polluting social media with meaningless media, let it all out in a journal, or even scratch papers. I know the isolation makes you want to feel heard, seen and acknowledged more, but you don’t need it. You have food, a roof above your head, and people who love you. You have everything you need.
5. Even your nicer, richer friends are experiencing anxiety and donor fatigue right now. Always ask how they are and let them know that you’re a text /message away. Knowing you uplifted someone’s feelings also gives you a dash of good feelings.
6. Eat healthy and move around. Staying idle and eating shit food is not only bad for your immune system, but contributes to a general “meh” feeling. That would be a bridge to depression or more stress, which weakens the immune system and (guess what) makes you fat! Go for round the block or round-the house walks or do bodyweight exercises, a Zumba class on Youtube, or occasional stretches.
7. Get a good amount of sleep. Now you got no excuse not to put 7-8 hours of sleep every day. Sleep is good for your brain, your mood, and cell regeneration. You’ll wake up refreshed and will even be more productive at work.
8. Get a good dose of gratitude. You can think it, say it out loud, or write it. Remind yourself to be grateful at this time! There’s still soooo many things to be thankful for, and you need to slap your face every day (if you must) and remember how #blessed you still are. Best to do this in the morning before you start with your day. Take this further and donate to a chosen charity or do something nice for our front liners or delivery people.
9. Declutter. Use this time to declutter a lot of things in your life! Physical items, digital files, all the useless screenshots in your phone, people on your friends’ list that don’t really vibe with you… this will make you feel lighter and better, plus it also liberates you from a lot of emotional baggage. Having a clean room and house is also good for your general well-being. So declutter away!
10. Plan forward. Think about all the fun and good things you’ll do after this is over. List them down. All the restaurants you’ll go to. Hugging the people you miss. All the small businesses you’ll support and buy from. All the business you’ll start! Make plans with your loved ones, put up a new “bucket list”. And not just mentally, financially too! Think about all the money you saved now and put that into a great investment vehicle. Look towards the future with optimistic eyes and you’ll instantly feel good.
As much as possible, do these everyday and I guarantee you’ll feel better. Stay safe and healthy! See you after this craziness. We got lots to catch up on, my dear! ❤️