By: NWI Hanna Berman

As the Coronavirus spreads throughout the country and world, many people are facing a new work-from-home reality. And while this can be a real disruption for most routines, there are many ways to get the most out of your time at home. Here are some tips to stay healthy, mindful, and productive in the time of social isolation.

Set yourself up for success

When you don’t have a set schedule it can be tempting to roll out of bed (pajamas and all) and log on. But being intentional about the structure of your day can make you more productive, and even happier. Things like practicing morning mindfulness, designating a separate workspace, and setting your hours can help to create boundaries and keep your work and home life separate. And as comfy as those pajamas are, switching them out for more formal attire can not only make you more productive, but also boost creativity.

Incorporate movement

Gyms are closing down left and right, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your move on. Givhero’s challenges can be done alone, outside, and sans gym. We want to help you get started by providing a FREE resource, Be Remote, Be Connected to Wellness, a daily challenge of walking 5,000 steps a day. You can do this at home, in your neighborhood, on your own, or with your loved ones (while practicing the recommended CDC guidelines on social distancing, of course).

Snack mindfully

We get it; the kitchen is right there. And there’s nothing wrong with snacking — it’s just important to remember how you’re snacking. Try eating mindfully and keeping healthy snacks on deck when cravings hit so you can avoid crashing.

Create virtual togetherness

During a time like this, it’s easy to feel isolated. To combat feelings of isolation that can lead to anxiety and depression, try your best to stay connected even if that can’t be achieved physically. Utilize the technology you have to keep in touch with your work and personal communities. Take it a step further by inviting them to participate in wellness challenges with you even from afar.

Consider the Community

Nonprofits and charities need your help now more than ever. Givhero has an abundance of charities that can benefit from your help, and it’s as simple as staying committed to your wellness. Invite your friends and family, share your goal, get connected, get sponsored by your employer, and support the causes that are supporting us during this time of crisis. Remember, we are all in this together and we all can play the hero.

If you’re interested in learning more about how Givhero can help you in this hard time, contact us today.

Hanna Berman is a Mental Health & Wellness Contributor for Givhero. As a Mental Health & Organizational Consultant, her career is dedicated to exploring behavior change on both an individual and collective level. She holds a Masters from King’s College London in Global Ethics & Human Values and is a part-time Reiki practitioner with City Acupuncture Clinic in Washington DC.