Guest post by Elena Stewart.
The pandemic has brought about many changes in the world, from the way businesses operate to the amount of time we’re able to spend with our friends and loved ones. As we return to a more normal way of life and safety guidelines are loosened, it’s important to make sure you’re ready to get back into a healthy routine and that you’re mentally and emotionally prepared for the world.
Take the first step by checking out all the resources available in your area at Mental Health Listings, which can help with everything from networking as a senior to dealing with substance abuse and everything in between. Then, follow these tips to build your confidence and meet your post-pandemic goals.
Seek out stress sources
Stress can come from just about anywhere, but for many people, financial issues are at the top of the list. Take a look at the sources of your biggest money worries and write down a savings plan. There are plenty of small ways you can cut down on your recurring expenses, such as carpooling, utilizing energy-saving appliances and lighting, and using coupons and discount codes every time you shop. You can also think about the bigger picture and look into trading in your car for a less expensive model, or refinancing your home to get a better interest rate and/or lower monthly payment. While refinancing typically comes with a couple of fees, they may be inconsequential compared to the savings you’ll see. Once you get your finances in order, you’ll feel much more stable and in control of your future.
Write down your goals
Once you’ve got your money under control, invest in a spacious planner that has room for you to make notes and prepare for the weeks ahead. Sometimes it can be advantageous to see your goals in black and white, whether they pertain to work or life in general. Not only that, staying organized can help you keep calm in a busy week. While you may not be able to see what the next year brings, it can be extremely helpful for anxious or underconfident individuals to write down goals and upcoming events.
Work in some you-time
As you begin your planning sessions, don’t forget to work in time for self-care. It may seem silly to set aside a portion of the day just for reading, eating a healthy meal, or drinking water, but it’s essential to make sure you’re taking care of your mind and body, especially if you’re a new parent or are living with a disability. Self-care means different things to different people, so find the things that make you feel physically and mentally well and practice them often. If you’re pressed for time, simply sitting outdoors on your lunch break can boost your mood, while carving out 15 minutes for yoga and meditation before work can help you start the day with a healthy, confident attitude. Mental Health Listings is a great place to check for resources and tips on assessing mood disorders, such as postpartum depression tools for new moms.
While you’re focusing on self-care, throw in some social opportunities if possible. During the pandemic, many people have been forced to remain socially distant from their friends and loved ones, leading to feelings of isolation and depression. These feelings can diminish motivation, creativity, and confidence and can leave an individual with a sense of profound loneliness that makes re-entering the world difficult. They can even lead to physical problems. Look for safe opportunities that allow you to spend time with the people you care about most, including video chats and socially distanced in-person visits so you can feel more self-assured in public spaces.
Living your best life in a post-pandemic world can be a challenge, but if you start by creating realistic goals and reducing stress, you’ll be ready to tackle work, life, and new situations in no time. Remember to pay attention to your mental wellbeing as well as your physical health in order to achieve balance.
Elena Stewart is a certified life coach who specializes in the teachings of Brené Brown, Danielle LaPorte and Marie Forleo. Elena offers one-on-one coaching and career mentoring to help you reach your career goals. Some coaching topics include: Quitting your 9-to-5 Job, Starting a Business or Changing Careers. Elena has a background in Mindfulness-Based Meditation, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is a registered Yoga Instructor. Click HERE to schedule a private, one-on-one consultation.