Finding balance has taken on new meaning during this time of uncertainty. Before the shift to working from home AND schooling from home, many of us may have felt we had somewhat predictable and expected schedules. This predictability has gone away, and we are left exploring a new way of doing things. During our “virtual” staff meetings over the past couple of weeks, it is inevitable that someone at some point always says, “Be sure you are taking care of yourself and honoring your needs.” Our team has talked a lot about the importance of setting aside time for ourselves to do something that feels good. It may be meditation, a long walk, coffee and journaling, or just waking up a few minutes earlier than everyone else to sit in silence and prepare for the day. As we continue to address the needs and concerns of our families, friends, and neighbors during this time, it is more important than ever that we don’t forget to tend to our own needs.
We love the April Happiness Calendar from Greater Good Science Center. This month’s theme is Finding Resilience and Reducing Anxiety. We hope you too will find encouragement and a gentle reminder that we are all in this together.
We all love our team and get along quite well even outside of the office, but there are still times we find ourselves in need of exiting our desks for quiet space that invites a greater level of focus. During our call, we talked about how that small office has taught us some valuable lessons that can be applied to our working from home schedules during this time of uncertainty.
We all agreed being flexible, knowing unexpected events are bound to happen, taking space, adhering to dedicated quiet times, and respecting the needs of others are important to creating a healthy work environment. We worked together to create a space that supported one another and allowed us to honor different work styles and personalities. These ideas can be applied as we collectively navigate the current situation of balancing working from home, home schooling, and finding time to still connect as a family with fun and light-hearted activities.
Below are a few articles and resources we have found helpful in adapting to this new situation.
We would also love to hear from you about the ways you are finding balance during this time.