Wellness Wednesday

May 27th, 2020

What’s A Sunny Day☀️🌷

May 27th, 2020

Starting this gorgeous day with some meditation, reading, & writing. The Sun is shining so bright & beautiful today. If you can step outside this morning, even for just a few minutes, & soak it up, please do😎☀️(safely of course). It’s gorgeous! Cheers to a blessed & Peaceful Wellness Wednesday. Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love ❤💫

May 13th, 2020:

May 13, 2020:

Wellness Wednesday: 5 ways to beat video – call fatigue

Got the Video-call blues? Overwhelmed by mulitple invitations for meetings & online events? Struggling to balance between work & pleasure? Here are 5 tips on how to cope:

1. Designate specific times for calls.

Making a schedule for yourself during these #covid19 #stayhome times can help to build a healthy routine for how you spend your time each day. If you’re anything like me, literally writing down my schedule in an physical agenda or a notebook can help determine if my day will be organized or overly task-oriented. Where you can, try scheduling your calls on days you are most comfortable with so you can spread them out & have more time to take care of other things you have to do offline, or to simply give ypurself a well-deserved break from too much screen time.

2. Turn off your notifications for a few hours or more.

The constant sound of message notifications or screen pop ups with someone or something asking for your attention is enough to make anyone feel drained. Mute them! Most messaging apps have a mute notifications option with time frames (mute for 8hrs, a week, a month, or even a year). If you need a breather from the last 3 video calls you had, take that break for a breath. Your nerves will thank you for it.

3. Ask yourself: is this video call urgent?

If it’s not a work meeting or an important family meeting, reschedule it if it comes at a time when you are feeling overwhelmed or bogged down emotionally. Give yourself time to disconnect from technology for a little while & spend some time doing activities that don’t involve screen time (i.e. reading that book you promised yourself you’d finish,

4. Add some variety.

All work & no play sets a great foundation for burnout. Mix it up a bit where you can. Sign up for something fun & interesting like a vrtual paint night or yoga session. There are many free online courses or events offering instruction-led or freestyle-form activities that you can partcipate in as a family or on your own. Doing something fun & creative is a great way to ease feelings of anxiety & being overwhelmed.

5. It’s okay to say no.

Someone’s calling you with a video request. This is the 5th one for the day. What do you do, Green button to answer or Red button to decline? 🤔 If you are not feeling it & the possiblity of it being an emergency is super low, then Red button that call request! It’s okay to say no when it means maintaining your inner peace & sanity.

We tend to put so much pressure on ourselves to perform perfectly in everything we do. We want to know what to do, how to do it, & do it well. When this #covid19 pandemic hit, many of us didn’t know what to do & felt unprepared. Survival became our highest priority over going to work or taking the kids to school, disrupting our normal routines & sending us into a panic to get doomsday supplies in case of anything. Things we thought wouldn’t happen (or were afar off from happening anytime soon) became a present day reality.

Thankfully, things have become more settled & our routines involve more time spent at home connecting with our families & friends. If you’re lucky, you have even more time & resources available to you to build on your own personal projects.

The time I get to spend with my daughter, quiet time reading & journalling, I feel privileged to have a little more time in the day to work that in. These are things I love doing but had been feeling too burned out to participate more regularly. Since the City-wide lockdown, I’ve gone through 3 journals so far & am on my 3rd book to read for leisure. My daughter & I have great chats about history & facts on things she is learning at home (she now loves the Cheetah!).

So, while I too get burned out sometimes from the many video call requests & online event invites, these 5 tips listed above have helped me to make a better schedule for my own life, that allows me to spend time doing the things I love without feeling guilty about logging off from screen time. That being said, I am signing off for now. Until next Wellness Wednesday, keep Loving yourself & Being yourself. Peace & Love ❤💫

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