How You can Calm the COVID-19 Crazies & Give Yourself Space to Grow
LIFESTYLE | MINDFULNESS
Step One: Establish Some Control in Your Day
Part of the anxiety that people are feeling is due to the lack of control they think they have in their own life. Rather than focusing on the things that are outside of your control, focus on the things you can change. For me, that's building a schedule. On Sunday I look at the week ahead and write out what things I need to do, what meetings I have, etc. Given the fluidity of our days at this point, I'd recommend planning out your day the night before. Figure out when you're going to work, exercise, rest, & eat. You don't need to plan everything down to the minute but having a general block of time is going to bring some structure back into your life.
Step Two: Maximize Your Free Time
Being home all day is going to expose you to your own downfalls. Notice how often you reach for your phone when you're "bored." Are you spending time talking to your family or are you watching a TV show you've already seen 3 times?
There is a time for rest and there is a time for growth. If you're planning on taking some time to grow, be serious about it. See step one - schedule some self-reflection time into your day & pair it with one of our other articles. You probably have quite a bit more free time now so it's up to you to use it wisely.
Step Three: Help the Community Grow
Support small business & your friends with small businesses. Growth isn't just about you, it's about your community as a whole. There's a handful of ways you can continue to provide support even if you don't have the money to spend.
Leave their business a review on Google maps, Yelp, Facebook, etc. Don't hold back with the details, leave the kind of review you would want to read. What kinds of things would you want to know about doing business with them?
Another option is sharing their content onto your social platforms or send it as a direct message to your friends and family. By reposting their content you're essentially telling your network that you trust this business & that can essential information in the coming months. "Don’t stop at being a consumer, be an advocate.” Elad Burko, founder and CEO of Paperwallet.
Lastly, take a look at their website. Do you notice any little errors? Do any of their links take you to a dead-end? Send them a quick email to let them know about the errors on their site. Odds are they don't even realize there's a problem and now you have the chance to save them time & money by letting them know where they need to make the changes.
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