Staying Mentally Fit in this New Normal?

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic shook our lives from its normal routine, there are things that have inevitably changed forever. We can see it everywhere— from how the number of companies who opt for their employees to work from home increased rapidly, changing our social lives into communicating and bonding at a distance through online communication, to the dependence on e-commerce transactions and the people’s preference to just stay at home and buy their needs online instead of going out and risking their health just to shop.

No matter how much we wish for things to go back to the way they were, we are left with no other choice but to move forward and adapt to this “new normal”. And this is a question worth asking ourselves: How ready are we to face the new challenges in adjusting to this new way of life?

Living in this new situation that we are not used to has brought different levels of reaction, stress, and anxiety, and pressure among us. Our stress level could understandably go up, but you do have the power to change that by making a few adjustments (if you haven’t already).

Here are the ways we’re staying mentally fit here at DadSourcing:

Meditation – Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object thought, or activity to train attention and awareness and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. The benefits of meditation are as follows:

  • Reduced Stress
  • Increased Focus
  • Improved Emotion Regulation
  • Increased Emotional Intelligence
  • Increased Empathy and Respect
  • Increased Resilience
  • Improved Physical Well-being
  • Improved Creativity & Collaboration

 

Meditating at home is made easier with the help of your gadgets! You can use some mobile apps such as headspace and calm. You’ll simply need to download it on your app store (if you don’t have one yet) and upon launching it, there are a variety of program options you can choose from.

Eating Properly – Being at home has created closer proximity to our fridge. This can be a good thing as well as work against us. Planning your meals out for the week is a great way to ensure that you’re eliminating those easy – and bad – food-eating decisions out of your day-to-day. If you wanted to further monitor your eating habits, we recommend MyFitnessPal as one of the best food diaries there is out there. You don’t have to do it long-term, but it gives you a nice snapshot of your consumption.

Exercise – Of course, staying healthy and mentally fit won’t be complete without regular exercise. Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal. If you find yourself having a hard time going to a gym because of COVID restrictions (or you’re not just comfortable), there are great ways to work out at home without any equipment at all. Ordering elastic bands or a kettlebell is a good example. You can use it to exercise while playing some YouTube instructions or having a virtual group exercise with your friends. You can also track your workout progress in MyFitnessPal!

Work-Life Balance – Maintaining work-life balance helps reduce stress and helps prevent burnout. It can lead to Chronic stress which is one of the most common health issues. It is best that even working from home, you create a routine mimicking your old routine of going to work and heading back home after working hours. This would help separate your work from your personal and private time to relax and have fun in the comfort of your home. Preparing, dressing up, and setting alarms to signal your breaks and end of working hours are some of the simple yet very effective ways to do this.

Additionally, online platforms like DadSourcing could also provide additional help by offering virtual assistance to almost anything under the sun that you need help in obtaining and doing.

Here is some service that this platform offers that is worth checking out:

  • Personalized Virtual Assistant

With DadSourcing, you can have your own personalized virtual assistant to help you with your everyday tasks. It is like having an additional team to assist you in whatever needs to be done.

  • No Task is Too Big or Too Small

The tasks that can be done are limitless—from your household needs to even do tasks to maintain your business.

  • Save Time and Save Money

Aside from saving time, you will also definitely save money through the different cost-efficient deals that you could choose from to fit any tasks you have at hand.

Adapting to the new normal is really a challenge for most people. Surely, this situation is a test of our patience, discipline, and resourcefulness to do the things we are not used to doing. The good thing amidst this crisis is that there are still a lot of things we can do to overcome challenges and take care of our mental well-being.

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