Construction professionals are taking extra measures right now to stay physically healthy by practicing social distancing, but during these stressful times we have to take additional steps to stay grounded and safeguard our mental well-being. Here are four ways to stay grounded and healthy under stressful conditions.
1. Focus on Gratitude
One way to stay grounded during the pandemic is to focus on gratitude. No matter how hard things are, there is always something to be thankful for. Maybe working from home has given you the chance to spend more time with family, or maybe you have learned to appreciate the small things like sitting on your front porch after a long day. Whatever it is (no matter how small), it’s helpful to focus on the things that bring happiness and peace during troubled times. Instead of focusing on all of the negatives in the world right now, make a list in your head each morning of five things you are grateful for.
While practicing self-care is always important, during times of uncertainty your well-being needs to be a top priority. Some ways to practice self-care include going for walks, flexing your creativity, eating a healthy breakfast, and sticking to a regular sleep schedule. The key is to think about what activities and behaviors help you feel like your best self. For example, maybe you feel more relaxed when you’re surrounded by nature, or maybe you feel your best when you’re doing your favorite hobby.
Mindfulness is crucial if you want to stay grounded during the pandemic. Mindfulness is a form of meditation that asks you to be aware of the present moment without judgment. With everything that is happening with COVID-19, constantly thinking about the future and the “what-ifs” will take its toll on your mental health. Instead of focusing on fear, focus on the present and the things you can control. Controlled breathing exercises, stretching, and observing your surrounding will also help you stay mindful during these stressful times.
Exercise is important for both your physical and mental health. While it may be a little harder to exercise during the quarantine because gyms are closed, there is still a lot you can do to stay active without breaking social distancing guidelines. For example, you can go for a run, go for a bike ride, hike, and more. Exercise lowers the level of stress hormones in your body, so it is essential right now.
There is a lot of uncertainty right now as the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe. Construction professionals can stay grounded during the pandemic by focusing on gratitude, self-care, practicing mindfulness, and exercising regularly.
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