The transition from a relatively normal life to a quarantined life has not been easy. And during this time, perhaps the hardest thing has been trying to work from home. As working from home involves loneliness and, more importantly, distractions. Thus, for many, it has been almost impossible to be productive being cooped up in these spaces. We know this problem and to help you out, here we bring you 8 tips to stay productive in quarantine. Read on!
Although people have already spent a couple of weeks with roommates or family members in their homes, there are those who still have not managed to assimilate this new situation. The healthiest thing to do is to reflect and “make peace” with this challenge. We know that we can’t change this situation, and even though we don’t know how long it will last, we don’t have any other option. Deep breaths help! Otherwise, it could generate feelings like frustration, boredom, and fear. All of which are not very helpful in promoting productivity.
Quarantine, especially in small or solitary places can lead to sadness, loneliness, and tiredness. Therefore, it is important that you find moments of happiness and relaxation to stay productive in quarantine. We know, easier said than done, but try to focus on these small moments! Over time, negative emotions can have a lasting effect on productivity and general mental health.
Our tip for being able to enjoy these positive moments is not to hide or negate your negative emotions. Rather, feelings of anger, fear, and frustration must be released as soon as you begin to feel them! When you feel antsy, frustrated, bored, confused, change your surroundings as much as you can. Go for a walk (safely, with social distancing from others), try to do some yoga, and take a few minute break from work. Read something soothing, or have a 30-second dance party! Your body and your brain will thank you. And of course, if necessary, do it with the support of a mental health professional. There are many online resources that you may be able to use during this time.
With quarantine, it is difficult to spend time with others. However, it is crucial for us to talk and share our experiences, and still have a social connection on some level. Remember, we humans are social by nature and must feel being part of the community. Make a virtual date with your friends, have some snacks together from the safety of your own homes, and be sure to share your own thoughts and experiences to help bolster your feeling of connection with others, even in isolation.
Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you make yourself available 24/7. It is very important to stick to your conventional work schedules so that you can also have time to rest and more importantly, relax! If you are accustomed to working from 9-5, continue with that schedule! If you find that a different schedule works a bit better, speak with your supervisor to see if they can accommodate you.
As already mentioned, productivity is directly related to physical and emotional well-being. So, in this sense, you must take your health very seriously to stay productive in quarantine. Take all the measures you should, to keep yourself healthy. This means eat well, rest and exercise. Beware that to have a healthy mind, having a healthy body is a prerequisite.
As part of self-care measures, you must engage in regular physical activities. Otherwise, sedentary activities in quarantine can result in a number of short and long term issues, such as aches and pains, and we know how important it is to improve our cardiovascular health. Exercise typically also releases positive chemicals into your brain, which will make it easier to survive this difficult time!
Now that we have covered physical self-care – one way to significantly improve your mental self-care is to meditate! We know that meditating isn’t for everyone, but it can be extremely beneficial to even try meditating for a few moments each day. Even if you simply start but sitting down in a quiet room for 5 minutes, and nothing else, that is a great first step! You can work your way up to listening to different meditation playlists and resources online as well, but don’t push yourself too hard if you are just starting out. This way, you will find a positive moment of relaxation that ultimately improves productivity and helps you feel better overall.