COPING WITH COVID
Survival mode: from the newly coined feeling of “languishing” to sustaining business through ongoing Covid challenges, let’s talk about it.
Virtual, at-home offices have become our new reality. We get it, and for the most part, it’s been a true testament of resiliency and the ability to shift and adapt to a new world. But working remotely doesn’t have to mean you’re actually remote or removed from any and all contact.
Now, more than ever, the importance of human connections has been brought to the forefront. You may have heard the recently coined term – languishing – to describe how the majority of us may be feeling right now. It’s a feeling of meh or blah. We have even described it as a leading role in Bill Murray’s 1993 “Groundhog Day” movie. We’re living the exact same routine, with the exact same people, and experiencing the same or similar results each day. Does anyone actually remember how Bill’s character eventually broke the groundhog affect? May be worth re-watching this one ;)
So how are we coping with Covid?
The team at ThinkHatch came together (virtually of course) to pool our top tips for coping with Covid, nurturing your own personal well-being, and sustaining business through ongoing shut-downs and a compilation of Covid challenges. Here is our roundup of what’s working for us:
Have a plan. Then another, and another. You’ve likely created and tossed out plans several times throughout the last Covid year…but don’t stop now. Although those plans may have changed many times, they guided you in the moment and provided the path you needed at that stretch of the journey. Ensure you have a clear focus for the next three months, then reassess and plan for the next quarter. Step by step, guide your business as profitably as possible through the opportunities and challenges that exist for you right now. Relinquish the idea that you will be able to successfully plan for the long term or even the full year, but know where you’re spending time and money and what results you can realistically anticipate.
Leverage your network. The power and importance of your network have never been stronger. As an entrepreneur, working from home, it is easy to feel isolated with limited opportunities to connect with other like-minded people. Entrepreneurship can be lonely and no one does it by themselves, so it is important to find ways to still create community and support, look at Facebook groups, community groups, online events, or simply try to connect with people on a regular basis, even if it’s just a quick check-in, you are not alone!
It’s okay not to be okay. Give yourself grace in our collective stress. Now is the time to acknowledge your everyday successes, big or small, and not to criticize. It's okay to not feel like you have it all figured out. (Few of us really do, despite the beautifully perfect social media accounts out there.) If you need help, reach out and ask for it. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how many are in the same virtual boat.
Make self-care a priority. Find time for self-care and take breaks. Set a reminder if you have to, but take enforced breaks, you’ll be amazed at the positive effects. With home and work-life becoming more intertwined than ever, it is critical to create space for yourself. Take a break in the day for a walk, make that coffee and enjoy it away from your screen. Taking time to care for yourself ultimately allows you to show up for your clients reinvigorated, and ready to tackle your business stronger and more focused. Give yourself the same advice you would give to someone else. It’s amazing how well we take care of others while pushing our own self-care to the side. Stop that, and make YOU a true priority.
Own your flow. When we hear about languishing, the concept of “flow” has been offered as an antidote. It’s described as becoming immersed in your current project and how finding new challenges, enjoyable experiences and meaningful work are possible remedies to languishing. (The New York Times) Well, this is great news for any business owner and entrepreneur, as challenges have been plentiful in our new, always-changing reality. We’ve interpreted flow as the ability to adapt and approach new opportunities head-on with a renewed focus and energy.
Through it all, remember that there is someone, just like you, reading (or writing) this blog, and resonating with it oh so well. It’s been a challenging year. Give yourself a much-deserved pat on the back, and know that you’re doing beyond great!
Connect with us and share some of your Covid coping tips, and remember that we’re ready to help support your big goals, whenever you are!