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Adjusting to the New Normal


Trying to find a new normal in this world of working remotely and being confined to our homes? Just about forget it. Kids are running around. Laundry is piling up and it's only 11:26 am! We are all making adjustments in this new period of sustained work from home. The good thing is you are not alone. We wanted to share with you some ways that we are handling these changes.

Keep a Schedule

Most people thrive on routines. Working from home can threaten our routines. Draft a schedule that makes time for your schedule, the kids, the pets, and any other parties in your home.  With kids being the most challenging obstacle to working at home, it is important to maintain their school’s schedule, but be sure to include times for breaks. Set up a schedule that allows time for self-learning or screen time for your kids and gives you dedicated time to focus on work. But know that it is okay if you need to move your lunch break to 11am vs 1pm or schedule an impromptu recess for your little ones during a last minute scheduled call. A regular work from home routine is essential. 

Take Time to Relax

Working remotely can put a great toll on us physically and emotionally. Experts are saying it’s important to take time for self-care. It might be the right time to try a new exercise routine. There are several online platforms that do not require any special equipment and some are offering free trials or classes – BeachBody. Have your kids try an online yoga class - CosmicKidsYoga

Self-reflection is another area that we can focus on – try meditation or start journaling. There are several apps that you can use  - Calm or Headspace are just a few that we use and can recommend. 

Start a journal where you write down what grateful for. Most require only 10 minute intervals, the same time you may otherwise be spending with a colleague having a non-work-related conversation in your office or scrolling through Instagram. 

If you are able to go outside, take a walk around the block. If you have kids in tow, create a treasure hunt – look or count the number of birds or flowers you see. If you live in a neighborhood, organize a "bear hunt" that promotes creativity for all the houses to display or "hide" a bear on their property. By creating a fun game of "I Spy..." you can motivate your littles ones to get outside and stretch those muscles!

Look for the Good

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"  - Fred Rogers

This quote reminds us that you need to take a break from “breaking news” that flashes across the television screen all day and look for the good. While social media can cause some anxiety, it has begun to take over the "something good" space. Social media has been inundated lately with videos of cute children and adorable pets who are always asking, "Why is my human home all the time?" An instant mood-boosters, these videos, memes, and stories will fill your eyes with tears and heart with hope.  Take a few minutes to look at these social feeds that are highlighting the good in the world. 


Schedule a Virtual Happy Hour

As humans we crave human connection. So during this quarantine while we may not reach our hug quota for the day, we can certainly still get connected to our loved ones. Whether it is a simple FaceTime to enjoy dinner or a huge conference call to celebrate a birthday, connecting with people is important. With that said, call the aunt or uncle you've been meaning to talk to, check in with your co-worker over a glass of wine, and put a family trivia night on the books, virtually of course!

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