I know I'm dating myself here, but one of my favorite shows as a kid was the PBS show ZOOM. I loved the energy and activities the show's cast of kids shared, and can still hear the song in my memory: "Come on and ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM-a ZOOM..."
Fast forward a few decades, and here we are, living in the world of a different kind of Zoom. With the global change to working from home, employees and their managers are figuring out technology, creating home work spaces, and spending hours in front of their screens. While Zoom and other video and virtual technologies are incredibly helpful and necessary these days to keep us connected and productive, working from home can have its downsides. Too often, we forget to put attention to how we can take care of ourselves.
Here are my top 3 suggestions for how to take care of yourself when on video and phone calls all day:
Remember to stretch, breathe, and move as often as you can, between and even during meetings. Be a role model and suggest to whoever is on the call that you start with stretching, deep breathing, or a quick visualization to help people get present and focused.
Set mental boundaries for work time and non-work time. Many people are noticing that, now that they're not commuting, they don't have the space to shift their thinking from work to home life. I invite you to incorporate some sort of ritual (like walking outside and coming back in) to remind you that it's time to let go of work to be more present for your life outside of work.
Innovate and be creative. Want people to feel socially connected? Host a Zoom happy hour! (Bonus -- you don't have to pay for anyone else's drinks!). Want to show your team and colleagues you care about their mental and physical health? Change the rules so that all calls end 5-10 minutes before the top of the hour, so people can move, step outside, get some water, or check in with family. Want to make a colleague smile? Learn how to add a virtual background of your choosing.You can pretend to be almost anywhere. Want to shift a mood from negativity to positivity? Have everyone share one thing they are grateful for.
If you would like help action planning any of the above, please join my free action planning coaching call on Tuesday, April 7 at 5 pm EDT. See Zoom link below.
I'd love to hear your best tips for staying productive, healthy, and happy during this pandemic,
Photo from a walk at Castle Island, South Boston, while maintaining social distancing
April 7: Action Planning: How to Feel More in Control of Your Life During the Pandemic Time: 5 - 5:45 pm Eastern Time Location: https://zoom.us/j/5989227471
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