Stuck at home or feeling the strain?
We are in a global pandemic like nothing our modern world has seen before with many changes to our lives from all aspects including work, financial, social and community . Our support networks and normal daily lives are no longer quite the same (though moving down the levels certainly helps) and are likely to have some impact for a while yet.
Everyone is feeling some strain during this time of change, in particular mentally and so we have put together some tips on looking after your wellbeing through this period of change.
More time at home must mean more accomplishments?
Many people have viewed the change to our normal lives to be an opportunity to use this extra time in our days to achieve more, however most people have found the reality to be quite the opposite. Even the most productive of us have felt disoriented and mentally drained. This is understandable as we adapt constantly to these new rules of life and still with some uncertainty. Do not expect yourself to always have the energy to carry on as normal - a period of change in life is a new normal and now is the time to be kind to yourself and accept some lower levels of productivity through this adjustment.
This new way of ‘working life’ or ‘looking for work’ life has possibly brought a change of pace for you that may be welcomed; take it with gratitude and focus on yourself. Planning how you will use your time is the best strategy to avoid boredom and becoming stagnant.
Take the below into consideration when planning how to keep your mind and body healthy:
Have a clean space
Clear your work/home space to feel clutter free, the last thing we need is feeling suffocated more than necessary by mess. Create a calmer environment and feel accomplished!
We are lucky to be in a time where we can socialise digitally and now in face to face groups of up to 10 people.
For those that are further afield and a plane journey is not an option, make sure to check in and stay in touch through Zoom calls or Social Media apps because having a laugh and keeping up your support network is still key for your wellbeing.
Stimulation is integral.
You will be tempted to relax in your new down time but beware this is a bad habit and can have all sorts of side effects if done too much. Stimulate your brain through IQ apps, exercising or by taking up a new hobby!
Keep calm and meditate
Meditation is known for bringing clarity and calmness, try a beginners meditation guide on YouTube or try the below steps to ease in:
- Sit comfortably
- Set a 5-minute timer
- Be still
- Take slow deep breaths.
- Clear your mind and think of only your favourite place
Keep your body active and moving as we need to make up for the exercise we normally achieve through the daily commute. Try beginner’s yoga, a short run or even a bike ride. Start small and move your way up!
Cut out negativity
Avoid scrolling on social media for large amounts of time as there is a lot of negative information surrounding COVID-19 that can leave the mind in a panic and overload. The same goes for the news and though we need to stay updated, we also need to be aware of how much information we are taking in and where from. Keep up to date through reliable sources such as the Government COVID-19 website or https://covid19.govt.nz/latest-updates/ for all media updates.
Know when you need help and don’t be afraid to ask
Needing support is more necessary than ever and off-loading on friends in these circumstances may not be an option as they may be feeling overwhelmed or stressed themselves.
Be aware of your wellbeing, know when to ask for help and don’t be afraid to ask for it.
There are many free online resources that are available for you during this time and beyond. Check out the ‘Getting Through Together’ link for more support https://www.allright.org.nz/campaigns/getting-through-together. Remember that there is nothing wrong with asking for help.
The job market in New Zealand
At HOME Recruitment, we pride ourselves in sharing current market insights with both our candidates and clients – and keeping them updated with any movements in the market. With this in mind, we are slowly starting to see some positive traction with live roles becoming more and more apparent as employers come out the other side of the Lockdown period. If you are looking for a new opportunity within a Business Support capacity and want to learn more/discuss potential opportunities in the New Zealand market, please contact us on +64 (0)9 930 9433 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we would love to hear from you!
Take care, stay safe and keep positive!