As the world continues to present challenges, people are looking for solutions. Many lifestyle changes that have come in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic have the potential to cause people trouble with stress, anxiety, or depression. We're now faced with traps that we never had to worry about in the past, but ultimately this is a potential for personal growth and building resilience in our lives. Now, more than ever, it's important for us to find ways to remain productive. Productivity is associated with an overall sense of well-being, experiencing moment, living with purpose, and a sense of satisfaction. When we are productive we're able to maintain good mental, emotional, and physical health. In this post, I would like to explore some ideas on how we can build a life of purpose among all that is happening right now. We'll look at some indoor and outdoor ideas in this article.
While so much of daily planning may be influenced on the weather these days, there are many things we can do outside, rain or shine. For those experiencing nice weather, it's a great time to plant a garden. Whether you have massive parcels of land or are living in a small apartment, the internet is loaded with ideas on how you can become more self reliant by growing your own food or spices. Another idea for the outdoors is to simply head out for a walk. At this point I've noticed many people going for walks, and I now find myself waving to neighbors I didn't even know I had. There is so much to experience outside, whether it's the beauty of spring, wandering in nature, the colors of fall (for those in the southern hemisphere), and even walking the rain. That's right! Remember being a kid and playing in the rain? I know I used to let myself get soaked long before heading back inside. That is a great feeling and when I decided to go for a run in the rain last year, it was accelerating. Keeping your routine in the face of a small adversity, like rain, will give you a feeling of empowerment. If you have outdoor projects, it's a great idea to make time and do a little each day. Finally, I would like to encourage socializing with neighbors or friends outside. If you have the space to keep social distancing, making time to talk to others and seeing how they are doing can make a big difference when it comes to getting through this time in our lives. Being outside, socializing, and accomplishing things work well with keeping your mental health, emotional well-being, and physical health balanced.
There are many things we can do indoors that will help regulate how we feel. Most importantly, keeping up with cleaning and organizing brings natural stress reduction. A messy environment is like irritating background noise and it brings up the stress level without you even noticing. Make time to straighten and clean. Try saving it for a rainy day, unless you live in a place where it always rains or never rains. Do a deep clean at least twice a month. Doing this gives you a sense of regaining control and will help you manage stress. Another suggestion is to limit media consumption. Whether it's movies, news, or video games, we want to be sure that at the end of the day we maintain a feeling of accomplishment and not pacification. Set time aside for exercise. There are many things we can do inside such as body-weight exercises, stairs, and cardio. The internet is riddled with trainers sharing valuable information right now and it's a great time to take advantage. It's a great time to build healthy habits that you can take beyond this pandemic. Exercising daily will meet your physical and mental health needs. A final idea that I'd like to share is to journal. Spend some time writing down what you did and how it made you feel. This will help you sort out what your emotions are, what triggers them, and will show you how you can improve your days ahead.
As the restrictions in our lives evolve, we must evolve to remain resilient. We must adapt to the changing environment to find healthy ways of dealing with everything. It's not helpful to have a sense of defeat and feel overwhelmed on a regular basis. Those feelings are just signals that something has to change. Sometimes we force ourselves to change and sometimes it occurs naturally. The more resilient you are, the more natural it feels. Building resilience through the development of healthy habits can be refined at times like this. Resilience is simply learned optimism. As a Master Resilience Trainer and Mindset Coach, I have helped many people feel a sense of purpose and meaning in times where they would have felt overwhelmed in the past. I encourage you to pay attention to how you are feeling and examine what can be done to feel even better. If you need help there are people and resources available.