Over the past few months, many communities across the world have been actively doing what they can to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19. After nine (plus) weeks of sheltering-in-place, businesses and public places are gradually re-opening. Here are a few tips to help you emerge from Shelter-in-Place (S-i-P), accompanied by our very own collaborative playlist (Available on Tidal and Spotify).
#1: Free Your Mind (En Vogue)
Have you ever heard the saying, “No news is good news?”
Yes, it is important to stay informed about the local, national and international developments related to COVID-19. It is also critical to “consider the source.”
Periodically take a break from news outlets (especially the clearly biased ones), social media and the CCC, “Close Circle Commentators” (family members, friends and/or co-workers sharing their latest conspiracy theories). Taking breaks from social media in particular has been frequently discussed as it relates to positive mental health and wellbeing.
While we are balancing both staying informed and our overall wellbeing, it is important to use a discerning ear and spirit to determine what is news, what is noise and when it is time to free your mind of the overload from both.
#2. Get Me Bodied (Beyoncé) & A Long Walk (Jill Scott)
Get moving! Whether it’s an online led workout in your home, dancing to your favorite song, or just taking a walk outdoors, exercise has innumerable physical and mental health benefits. For those who are looking to workout in small groups, it is still advised to keep social distance and exercise outdoors, as fine droplet particles can spread, especially in close quarters.
Whatever you choose to do, be safe, allow space and have fun!
#3. Drive (Incubus)
Seen in some parts of the world as one of the most hazardous parts of our daily experience, driving can have a few benefits to our wellbeing. Now that Shelter-in-Place has been lifted in a number of areas, going for a drive during off-peak hours to appreciate the scenery is an effective way to reconnect with your surroundings. A clear benefit of periodically driving alone (undistracted) is the positive impact on productivity. Dr. Eric Klinenberg shared with Men’s Health Magazine that “[Some] People long for productive solitude, time to be alone in their heads to work through problems without the distraction of social media and e-mail.” Additionally for some communities, driving is seen as more than a way to clear the mind; driving provides opportunities to thrive, as well as supporting independence.
Whatever your reason for driving, consider using your time on the road as a way to practice calm awareness and being fully present.
#4. Can We Talk (Tevin Campbell)
If driving in solitude is not your thing, finding a trusted person or small group to talk with as you emerge from S-i-P can make your transition back into your various communities easier. Whether that person is a close friend, a therapist or a small support group; talking through your hopes, concerns and plans for staying healthy and safe is a great way to gain clarity and create contingency plans for best and worst-case scenarios.
#5. A Place in the Sun (Steve Wonder)
If warmer weather is forecasted for your area, taking in some sun rays could be just what the doctor ordered.
Much research has shown the numerous health benefits of the sun with regard to vitamin D production. In addition to giving our immune system a much needed boost, Vitamin D, or what some call “the sunshine vitamin,“ has been linked to impacting hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and other inflammatory diseases. If you have concerns about being in the sun, talk with your doctor regarding vitamin D supplements and the correct dosage given your unique situation to make sure you do not exceed the recommended amount. Always remember your sunscreen!
Being able to congregate within groups has some people managing excitement and others matching that excitement with anxious caution. Health authorities have been clear that the virus has not disappeared simply because it is warmer and businesses are re-opening. Social distancing and following all CDC guidelines are still recommended. And of course, if you are hesitant or unable to come out of the Shelter-in-Place for a variety of reasons, do what you feel is best, given your circumstances.
We hope that you, your loved ones and your coworkers are successfully navigating the next phases of the Shelter-in-Place orders in the ways that work best for your life situation. We would love to hear how you are managing this transition. Email us at email@example.com, follow us on social media and please enjoy contributing to our growing playlist on Tidal and Spotify.
To Your Wellbeing,
Dr. Kecia Brown is a Career and Wellness Coach, mother, author and entrepreneur. She designed the Wellbeing and Career Transformation Process™, a developmental experience that helps emerging and established leaders become more intentional about creating peaceful integration between 8 areas of wellness within their lives, especially during times of transition and crisis. Her work is fueled by research in adult learning, leadership and spirituality, as well as guided by her own lived experiences and the experiences of her clients.
Dr. Kecia’s coaching style is structured, compassionate, and intuitive with a touch of humor in order to engage and support clients in challenging their underlying assumptions about their capacity for success.
Dr. Kecia currently works with Mid-Career and Senior-Level Leaders nationally and internationally.