As the coronavirus outbreak spreads around the world, many of us are self-isolating or social distancing for safety measures. That also means a lot of us are dealing with an unusual challenge: working full-time from home or just staying at home long-term for the first time.
Unfortunately, there isn't much that we can control regarding the pandemic itself, but if there's anything we can control and do is to make our lives as comfortable and productive at home as possible during times like this. By decluttering and revamping our homes to tailor our current stay-at-home needs, it will not only ensure work productivity but also help maintain our mental well-being.
Your home is an external expression of your internal self—and making your decor reflect that is a comforting and creative experience. - SELF
Working on your home can be a good way to feel productive and in control. Take the opportunity to go through what's in your home and as Marie Kondo says "Discard everything that does not spark joy". Declutter and make space for what you need now, whether it's a new house plant or just more space to meditate.
Remember you don't want to be stressed out during the process, so take your time and if you're not ready to get rid of certain things, just put it aside and remove it from your home at a later date.
2. Bring nature indoors
Can't go outdoors? Bring the outdoors in! Simply having a few pots of plants make our home feel cheerful and fresh. We recommend adding plants, shells, crystals, rocks and/ or other natural elements to our homes because it is a simple energy booster we all need, especially right now.
Rearranging your space is also a great way to make you feel productive during times like this. Carrie Barron, a psychiatrist and director of the Creativity for Resilience Program at Dell Medical School said, “As you rearrange your personal space, you hone in your aesthetic and identify with what you truly love, want, or need. Such specificity brings relief.”
Studies also conducted by Dell Medical School and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons shows that "movement-based creation” can be beneficial—especially when it comes to body image, self-esteem, and overall “psychological well-being.”
To sum up, rearranging your space gives you something productive, creative, and challenging to direct your effort towards. It is a form of self-expression and as a way of “grounding yourself” in your environment. For those who are itching for something to do apart from the usual Netflix, this will give your mind something to focus on and keep your body active!
4. Choose a dedicated space for home office
Whether it's the kitchen or living room, setting up a dedicated home office in the area of your home that calms you, and keeps you away from any distraction can enhance productivity. Another great tip is to set firm working hours because let's admit it - we can be easily side-tracked or tempted to slack off in the privacy of our own homes.
5. Put your mental health first & stay connected
Remember the focus here is about creating a comfortable space for you and your loved ones during these unsettling times and hopefully making you feel more in control - clearing your head in the process. It is important that you don’t feel pressured to do all or any of this if you’re not feeling it!
Put your mental health first, make sure you're in the right headspace to organize and tidy. The whole process can be a fun and productive use of time. Do a little bit every day, it will help to keep your spirits and morale up!
We understand these times are unprecedented and tough. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed by it all, be reassured that this is a very normal response. Reaching out for support may feel like the last thing you want to do, but talking to friends, family or anyone about how you are feeling, can help you get the help that you need to feel better.
MIND HK has put together a good list of support hotlines, so please reach out if you need support: https://www.mind.org.hk/find-help-now/
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