Because CUNY is now all-online, I’m essentially in isolation besides my partner, and am expecting to be working entirely from home at least until August and possibly not seeing my family until Thanksgiving (I was supposed to visit for spring break, and see them several other times over the summer). So that’s what I’m dealing with. However, all of our situations will be different, and all of our needs different, so my tips aren’t going to be applicable to everyone. So, I’m gonna tell you what I’m doing, but you should share your own tips/practices/things that are helping you in the comments!
- I cleaned my entire apartment in preparation. Stress is much harder for me to manage when I’m in a messy space.
- I’m getting dressed first thing in the morning every day, even though I’m trying to go out as little as possible. This makes me feel like it’s time to start my day, and makes it easier for me to be productive on the things I need to do.
- I’m making my bed every day. Usually I’m bad about doing this, but again, it makes me feel clean and organized mentally as well as physically.
- Going for walks. This was confirmed as a good practice by my friend’s brother, who works in an ER. Going outside is perfectly safe as long as you’re not in a crowded area/standing close to other people. Walking gets you a change of scenery and a little exercise.
- I’m keeping my phone on the other side of the room. I turned off the volume, texted my family I would be away from my phone, and am sitting on the other side of the room. It’s very easy for me to get caught up in the endless stream of messages and news articles, and it’s all stressful. In order to get my work done, I’m allowing myself to engage in that only when I choose to take a break, instead of keeping my phone near me and constantly getting distracted.
- I’m working at my table instead of in bed. Usually I don’t this, but it makes it feel more like “Okay, I’m at work now.”
- I’m trying extra hard to keep up with the cleaning and not let things fall into disarray. It’s very easy to let domestic things slide when you’re stressed and adjusting to lots of changes, but a clean space is much nicer to be trapped in than a messy space.
- I’m video chatting with my friends and family a lot– it’s nice to see their faces and hear their voices, even though we can always text. It’s familiar and makes them feel less distant.
- I’m trying to write a little about my experiences and feelings every day, in a Google Doc that some of my friends are also writing in. This way we can process our feelings, develop our skills as writers, and see what each other are thinking about.