Monday, 12 October 2020

7 Quick Do's To Make The New Normal Absolutely Normal For You!

How to Stay Productive

Screen hooked? Insomniac? Feeling....ugghhhhh....something that cannot be described?? 
Welcome then!

The new normal is normal now. Or were we normal earlier? 

Before we brood on such tricky questions, what was 'normal' after all!

At home or at the office, the work more or less remains the same. 

It is the same routine of brushing home chores, whipping breakfast, and rushing to our respective room corners (the new cubicles) for the day!

What actually affected our mindset is the merging of everything. 

Professional and personal all on a single platter. The flying arcs of internet ruling the day.

As the world is gusting over 'increased mental stress' in the new 'normal' let us bounce to the 

7 Quick Do's to Make the New Normal Absolutely Normal for YOU...

Take # 1

Nature I Love You

We are humans. That is exactly why our ears are missing the same irritating honking of racing wheels stuck in a jam on the road while commuting to the office. 

But trust me! You got this one time opportunity to treat your ears and senses with healing sounds of morning birds, fresh air, and relaxed plants. 

Spending time with nature
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Make it a habit that at least 5 minutes you sit in your balcony with your hot cuppa of tea or coffee or better in the community garden to be with nature.

Another quick advantage of sitting in a community garden is exchanging smiles. Yes, this regular exchange of free smiles with community people can actually make a 'socially distant' you feel that all are...together.

Take # 2

Laughter Lip Exercise

Give external speaking a rest. Give your thumping brain a rest. 

It is time to speak internally with heart and have a carefree talk with someone who can give you a good dose of laughter. 

Family Calling
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Talking frequently to friends off the screen can really make you feel connected with the world. 
Laughing off the problems is the best way to refresh and return to the desk with a rebooted mind. 

No time to connect? Easy going stand-up comedy on the rescue! 

Not to forget, turning the 'child' in you on and roll with your kiddo under the table to crack a joke. 

Take # 3

Flexitable YES. Timetable NO!!

7 days in a week. 24 hours in a day. 6 months down the line, your day must be very much fixed and every hour literally labeled with the activities of the day. 

Right in the middle of the week, you slow down and the 'routine' is disturbed. First day ok. On the second day, you feel not good. On the third day, you feel bad. On the fourth day, you are an agitated pool. 

Flexible Time Table

Do not be rigid with a time-table. Embrace the new normal where flexibility is the key. 
Keep minimal indispensable fixed things to irk you if disturbed. 

Mondays don't have to be herculean. Saturdays is not the only day for your freedom. 
Apart from work hours, treat every hour to what it deserves best and not impose an undesirable chore or activity. 

Unwinding yourself from the clock for a while can ease you and make you feel way better!

Take # 4

Kindle the Inner Passion

The best positives of the new normal is a platter of creative arts, heart quenching recipes, restored mini-gardens, and what not! 

We are now more aware of the places where we live, and it has become of far more value rather than our retiring dome after a hectic day. 

Mini creative bursts with family or in your own home studio, in between, will help you keep miles away from blisters and stress pimples!

Give yourself an invigorating screen-free break.  Short but rejuvenating. 

Take # 5

The Three Boxes of Priority

Crack your routine of the whole week into 3 important boxes which if filled regularly will keep you at bay from all sorts of paranoia. 

How to set priorities?

Box 1: Your work priorities. List down your top 5 work priorities for the week and paste it somewhere. 

Box 2: Your family priorities: Chart out absolute no screen 'family hours' for the week. There is no need to be high on this. Keep it to the minimum possible based on your regular schedules. So that it can be fulfilled and gives you bright satisfaction.

Box 3: Your 'Me' Time: Remember to not ignore it. This is equally important as the other two. This time slot will be when you can finish up with personal grooming, sorting, or anything that is a stress buster for you. The more happy you, the more manageable things become. 

Take # 6

Move Your Body

We all know the benefits of exercise. 

But only those who didn't put their sneakers on yet, know how much effort it takes to be regular with exercise. Late night work, home chores, the family simply take a toll on you to spare you for a walk. 

In such a situation make a 7-minute rule. Do not start with exercise. Start with minor stretching of limbs, shoulders, neck, and toes. 

stretching at home
Image Courtesy: American Stroke Association

7 minutes can really do wonders by making your long hour sitting pain-free and comfortable. 

Here is a quick video tutorial for your 7 min stretch! Get Set Go! 

Gradually the stretching will improve your body posture and prompt you to go to level 2!

Struggling for quick fixes and great ideas in office?? 

An early morning walk can be a pool of fresh ideas, stress-busting reactions in your body, and a gesture of gratitude to your body and skin. 

Take # 7

Believe in Normal. Stop Procrastinating

Though times are quite uncertain, DO NOT let the golden time wash away in procrastination. 

School re-openings are like a matter of forever guesswork. 

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Rather than focusing on what is going to happen ahead, believe in the present, accept it, and plan your moves accordingly. 

Unless we are not normal, we can't define the changing scenarios as normal. 

Positivity is the only cushion to safeguard you against all hardships. 

Let the time gone be not a matter of regret later. Live It. Enjoy It!

There is no perfect theory or recipe for busting the accompanying stress. 
But there are remedies for sure. 
Widely accepted, tried, and tested these 7 quick fixes can go a long way in alleviating the unsettled mind and heart. 

Mask your worries. 

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay Cheerful!

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