What day is it even? Monday? Wednesday? Is it 2021 yet? The days and hours seem to blend together during this time of isolation. The boundaries between work and home are dissolving. We’re forced to embrace new routines, hobbies, and lives as a whole. As the world is facing this global crisis, isolation is also taking a toll on our mental health. We’re programmed with a fight-or-flight response and when we’re faced with the unknown, it can send our minds into overdrive. That’s why staying grounded is so important right now.
Sticking to new routines can be difficult, but it’s definitely possible.Changing how you organize your workspace and setting boundaries between work and life help with managing anxiety levels. Checking in on friends and family fills our needs as social beings. Thank yourself for having the strength to wake up each morning, acknowledge our healthcare workers, and give to those who are in need. If the news makes you anxious, it’s definitely okay to take a break from it. The most important home isn’t the one with four walls and a roof—it’s you. So if you’re reading this, here’s a reminder that we’re going to be okay. For now, stay home and stay sane.
By Julia Tabor