Were you like many of us and began 2020 with goal setting and ideas of a new vision that would define your purpose and mission for the new year. Then the COVID-19 pandemic became the focus of our everyday lives. And very few of us can say we were ready or prepared for how it would change the trajectory of our goals and life. Things seem out of control as we had to develop and learn new ways to work and stay safe, both physically and mentally. However, without question, this is the right time to prioritize your mental, physical and spiritual health. As you continue to move through the remainder of the years it is particularly important that you be gentle, kind and devoted to your inner peace and love yourself.
Amidst all the trials, tribulation, hills and valleys of 2020, it is very vital to save some room the heal and rejuvenation. The problem is, most of us concentrate on being kind to others but all too often we forget to be kind to ourselves. Life’s tough enough, stressful enough, hard enough, challenging enough, so there is no reason not to begin with yourself. So, whether you are working on the frontlines or adjusting to your work from home schedule, here are some tips to help you manage your mental capacity.
1. Embrace your power. Embrace your power and you will be better able to empower others.
2. Learn to calm your mind. A calm mind is the best weapon against even the biggest challenges.
3. Have a courageous conversation. Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
4. Create social media blackout days. Shut out all the screens and other things that distract or disturb you.
5. Be true to your word. Speak with integrity; say only what you mean and never speak ill of yourself or others. Use the power of your words in service to truth and kindness.
6. Do the right thing, even if no one is watching. Doing the right thing may hurt, but doing the wrong thing causes lasting harm.
7. Spend time with people who do good things. Never stop doing things for others and spend your precious time with others who share that spirit.
8. Embrace the unknown. Fear of the unknown can be truly paralyzing, but having the courage and conviction to take a chance can turn fear to your advantage.
9. Be compassionate toward yourself. Be as understanding with yourself as you would be with your best friend. If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
10. Celebrate your growth. Sometimes we forget to celebrate how far we’ve come. Mental, emotional, and spiritual growth doesn’t happen automatically. They take work and perseverance, and they’re worth rewarding.
11. Don’t ever settle. Never accept less than you deserve, because once you start to settle, you always will.
12. Stop worrying about what other people think. The greatest prison people live in is the fear of what other people think.
13. Don’t live your life online. Make sure you’re spending time with people face-to-face and living fully in real life.
14. Treat others with respect. Treating others with respect and generosity is associated with high self-esteem.
15. Realize you are worthy and deserving. There’s a big difference between thinking you deserve to be happy and knowing you are worthy of happiness.
16. Respect yourself fully. Always treat yourself with the same respect you show others. Remember, the world sees what you put out there–so hold yourself to a high standard.
17. Express yourself courageously. Speak your truth and live to express, not to impress.
18. Be your superhero. Remember, superheroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.
19. Shut down negative self-talk. The things you tell yourself every day are either going to lift you or tear you down. It is your choice.
20. Take time off. Everyone deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solution searched for. There is no harm in withdrawing from your cares for a while.
Remember there is no human being on this earth who can work for eight hours straight without taking a break. It’s easy to assume that you should have extra energy to engage in more activities as many of us are working and meeting online, however the psychological energy expended is significant. As a replacement for taking on extra projects or tasks, consider using any “extra” time, you may have to intentionally slow down and check-in with yourself.