Working from home has become more prevalent during this period, a time when COVID-19 is affecting each of us in an unexpectedly broad manner. Many times, you may be staying at home from sunrise to sunset. Some of us can naturally adjust better to the new norm with certain personality traits, while some need to put in more effort. On the positive side, this is an opportunity for us to make room for some “me time”. So what are some ways to embrace loneliness?
You may have once heard your teacher say: “cherish the time now, as you will have no time to read after you join the workforce.” In a time where efficiency is key, a book perhaps has no competition for the Internet that provides you with real-time information. Reading a book however gives you a different sense of satisfaction, helps you to improve memory and empathy along with some other health benefits.
It is important to take regular breaks to help you maintain productivity and avoid feeling drained. Have you tried the Pomodoro Technique? It requires a timer to break down work into intervals, usually 25 minutes per interval, separated by short breaks. You can find several free online resources and apps to help you, Pomofocus is one.
Enjoying a cup of aromatic tea is ideal to reduce stress and relieve you from anxiety. Some herbal teas, such as peppermint, lemon balm, lavender and chamomile, will be a good remedy.
Solitude can be a good thing. “We spend so much time on social media, doing our jobs and seeing our families that we often forget about ourselves and what we need,” says Daniel Koh, a psychologist. Some tranquil moments are indeed vital to your mental and emotional health. Switch off your mobile device, sit at your desk or upright in bed for several quiet minutes alone tonight. Over time you will find yourself less stressed and more relaxed.
Were you distracted from social gatherings in the past and had no time to engage in your interests? It is the perfect time to start your own passion project, be it big- or small-scaled. Feel curious and inspired again. You can be in charge of every detail from idea to execution!