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Creating work/life balance isn’t always easy, especially during COVID-19. Here’s how you can prioritize your well-being and focus on your job.
Face your emotions without judgment
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Whether you’re stressed, anxious, or grieving, take time to understand how you’re feeling and why. You may find it’s helpful to talk through your emotions with a therapist or friend for support.
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It’s important to acknowledge that some anxiety is natural — COVID-19 has upended many of our routines. To help ease your concerns, try to put your energy into the changes you can make to find comfort, instead of worrying about what is out of your control.
Note: If you’re experiencing severe anxiety and the symptoms start to impact your daily life, you may want to get advice from a professional. Symptoms to look out for may include increased heart rate, sweating, nervousness, and difficulty controlling worry.
Prioritize items for work and your personal life
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When you have so many tasks to accomplish both in and outside of work, deciding where to start can be stressful. Set your priorities and really think about what you need to get done now, what you can quickly check off your list, and what you can come back to another day. (Remember to schedule a time for self-care!)
Strive for progress, not perfection
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If you’re someone who chases perfection, you may find it difficult to achieve the same goals now. That’s okay! You’re living through a global health crisis — holding yourself to your typical professional and/or parenting standards can drain you unnecessarily.
Try not to dwell on the dishes in the sink, the text you forgot to reply to, or that one mistake on a project. Instead, be kind to yourself and focus on what you can accomplish.
Check in with yourself
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You may be caught up in helping others both at work and at home — remember to check in on yourself, too! Journaling, exercising, or simply taking a walk can help.
Talk to a therapist
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Whether it’s the collective stress weighing you down or personal obstacles increasing your anxiety, connecting with an online therapist can be a good way to talk through your feelings. Plus, you don’t have to leave home to find support!