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The Shift: Dealing With the Emotional Needs

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, people around the world have had to shift their lives in a new, unforeseen way.

Many of us have moved our offices into our basements, our dining rooms or even our bedrooms – spaces we normally share with our children, and/or other family members. We’ve become teachers during our lunch breaks and dog “shush-ers” during our conference calls. Some days, the only interaction we have with people outside of our home is through a screen. We’re missing the day-to-day contact and social gatherings with friends.

How do we make it all work?

Here are some steps to help deal with you and your family’s emotional needs when work is calling.

Assess and address the shift

The first step is to identify what has changed in your life because of the pandemic and how it has impacted your family, your home, your health and even your finances. Once you have a clear picture, address it. Talk with friends, loved ones or a counselor about what’s happening. Welcome their feedback.

Exercise your mind and body

I know free time is rare and precious these days, with our new virtual life, but physical activity can lead to positive emotional benefits. Try something that decompresses your mind. For me, it’s making words with the tiles from “Bananagrams” or reading a lifestyle magazine to learn what this year’s design trends are.

Also, think outside of the box for ideas that can incorporate your friends and family members. For example: Learn a new language or instrument together, or plan to take a walk together each night after dinner.

Let go of toxic relationships

Now is not the time for hanging onto people and things that drain us. Think about what relationships are important to you, then dig deep to see if you are compromising your values in any of those relationships. If you’re constantly compromising, that relationship will eventually rob you of your authenticity. Let it go.

Declutter your life

There’s just something freeing about having a clear space in your home and mind. Along with letting go of toxic relationships, remove anything in your environment that can “clog” your view. That doesn’t mean you need an empty desk or kitchen counter. Paintings, photos and even prints with positive words can improve your emotions and behavior. But decluttering even one room can reduce levels of anxiety.

We want to hear from you! How are you managing the shift? Share your ideas below.

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