Like everyone across the world, financial services professionals have been inundated with stress, restrictions, and a flood of grim news thanks to the COVID-19 situation. It’s more important than ever to focus on caring for your personal needs, so here are some tips to conduct self-care during COVID!
Take Up a Safe New Hobby
Though we have to be more careful when leaving home, there are still plenty of hobbies that can be conducted safely. This is the perfect time to take up a new hobby that you’ve been eyeing, or to invest more time in the things you enjoy. Physically active hobbies that are conducted outside are a great way to boost your mental and physical health while limiting contact with people, which is why I’ve started mountain biking a couple of times a week!
Be Patient with Yourself
Like most people, you’ve likely been feeling run down, isolated, and lacked your usual motivation, and that’s okay! Be patient with yourself and allocate more time to complete your essential tasks. Remember that everyone across the globe is experiencing the same anxiety, so don’t beat yourself up if you need to take more breaks or slow your pace throughout your workday.
Focus on What’s Working
Throughout the pandemic, you may have found some coping strategies that help get you through the day. Whether it’s working on your laptop on your patio, going for a run in the morning, or bribing yourself with some homemade baked goods, indulge in what helps keep you motivated throughout the day.
Find Ways to Socialize
The lack of socialization is the largest challenge during COVID-19, so set up weekly video calls with friends and family. This will support a huge boost on your mental health, as well as remind you that everyone else is facing the same challenges. For added fun, plan out a theme, trivia game, or special event that everyone can participate in from afar!
The COVID-19 pandemic presents a challenge for everyone, so it’s important to indulge in self-care. Remembering to be patient with yourself, take breaks, and squeeze in some fun to help you remain productive and happy!