Wow this third lockdown is kicking my butt and after speaking to other people I don’t think I am the only one. I am able to work from home, and I feel super lucky that I can do this. John is still at work as he’s a key worker and then on his days off he’s homeschooling the kids, which I must say he’s doing a fine job of!
But lockdown three is a lot more full-on that the previous lockdowns, I feel a lot more anxious, the news (yes I know I should avoid it) is a lot more negative and I thought 2021 would be a fresh start with good news with some sort of end in sight.
This last week I really feel like all of my energy has been zapped and even getting out of bed is a struggle. I feel absolutely wiped out and I hate it…I like to be positive, upbeat and productive. However one thing I have learnt over the last year is that it is so important to listen to my body and what it’s telling me I need! So I am trying to go with the flow of each day and look after myself as a priority.
I recently joined The Connection Method a coaching group run by Hannah Schaapkens from Engineer Your Mind (check her out she’s awesome). I have tried lots of other methods to help with my mindset and support my mental health which I haven’t found to be helpful. I’d spoken to Hannah on a number of occasions, I loved her vibe and decided to take the plunge and invest in myself. I feel like the group, the mini trainings and support from Hannah has really helped me shift my mindset in a more positive way.
One of the things we looked into Time Management, this has massively helped me schedule out my day to allow time for work and for me. Now that I am working from home full-time it’s so easy for your day to merge into one and makes it hard to separate work and personal time. Following on from the training I have scheduled out time for work and time for me.
At the end of each day at 4:30pm my phone and laptop are turned off, I run myself a nice, hot bath using some of my favourite products from a fabulous local independent business The Soap Shack and that signifies the end of my working day.
I think it’s so important to make sure you are taking time for yourself, especially in these strange times. I always remember seeing a chap speak at an event I went to (I forget his name) and one thing stuck with me, he said “protect the asset” the asset being you, if you’re not protecting and looking after yourself you can’t be there to support others. So protect the asset, listen to your body, what is it telling you that you need and take each day at a time.