We’ve already mentioned the importance of pivoting during a major shutdown and how to plan for a new normal as things start to open back up. With thanksgiving behind us and travel and virus numbers spiking in what seems to be not coincidental parallel, it's an understatement to say, these times are going to get tougher before they get better. As we go on our tenth month of varying levels of shutdown and with a vaccine on the horizon, we can’t help but be optimistic that we’ll back back in normal business in just a few months (c'mon spring time).
As for now and the nearly year long saga of “new normal” rages on, and the end of the year coming in just a few weeks, we have to be real that keeping the optimism can be hard. This makes it even harder to do 2021 planning and finishing the year out strong even harder. With all this weight of uncertainty looking, we can all be sure of one thing -- it's making it hard to focus and get our heads in the game. As is our nature at Onemata, we're here to help build the mental fortitude and press on. So we’ve compiled some tips to help you get centered and game ready, so you can focus on your business after a these shutdowns and head into 2021 with your head held high and ready to tackle Q1!
Meditation and Breathing Exercises
Centering yourself and learning to be in the moment can really help bring clarity and focus to your thinking and even relieve stress. Meditation doesn’t require chanting. Rather, it is a time of quiet and stillness so that you can focus on your breathing and your body. Breathing exercises are shorter than meditation sessions and allow you to focus on deep breaths to calm an anxious or busy mind. Using a free app like Calm can help guide you through meditation or help you count for breathing exercises.
Taking time out of your normal routine to get in a little exercise is not only healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind as well. Quite a busy mind and pound it out on the pavement with a jog or run. Center your body and mind by practicing yoga or even get in some squats while vacuuming. Exercise releases endorphins, which make us feel happy. This has a stress relieving effect. Exercise can also bring clarity of mind, allowing us to push aside the noise in our minds and to focus on what is important. There are many ways to get in some exercise without hitting the gym so check out what is offered online, on your cable or satellite service or through a phone app. One of our favorite resources for guided yoga practice is DoYogaWithMe.
Give yourself permission to unplug for 30 minutes daily or weekly. This is especially important with our work from home setups as we seamlessly switch from PJ pants to sweat pants and never disconnect. Log off social media and your email or turn off the news. During this time, just relax or do something that makes you happy, whether it is painting, gardening, shooting some hoops, watching Netflix, playing an instrument or knitting! Taking some time out each day for yourself can really do wonders for your mental health. You’ll find that you are happier and more ready to get down to business when it’s time.
Talk About it
Sometimes we need a little more help than just some exercise, meditation and self-care. If you have a lot of thoughts swirling around in your head or are dealing with depression or overwhelming stress and anxiety, it’s a good idea to talk about how you are feeling. We guarantee that everyone needs this kind of help at least once in their lifetime, if not more often. So don’t be ashamed to reach out and seek help. Talkspace allows you to receive the help you need, when you need it, all without going into a therapist's office.
Create an Advisory Panel
It’s important to surround yourself with the right people. These are the people who you can trust and have your company’s best interest at heart. By getting together (virtually of course), you can keep each other focused and ready to think outside of the box to solve issues and create a game plan for success in the aftermath of a shutdown. Zoom is your best friend here. Resist the urge to travel to see friends or family.
Understand Where Your Focus Needs to Be
Part of getting focused is also knowing where your focus needs to be at any given moment. Here are some tips to help you keep your focus where it needs to be:
By following these tips, you’ll help avoid time-consuming distractions that kill your focus and drag you down. Let's remember that
by Mike Higgins
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