Ideas to Help Manage Yourself Effectively During the COVID 19 Pandemic

  • How are you doing?
  • Are you staying mainly at home?
  • Are you working from home?
  • Are your kids at home?
  • Are you physical distancing when out?
  • Are you wearing a mask when out?
  • Are you bored?
  • Are you stressed?
  • Are you worried about getting the virus or that anyone in your family will contract the virus?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, I have some ideas for you to make dealing with this pandemic a bit easier.

If you are working from home you need a good routine, just like when you go out to your office.  You need to get up at a reasonable time, maybe do some exercise, then have breakfast and get dressed.  Next start doing whatever you need to get done today.  Best to stay in touch with colleagues and your manager in order to be sure you are working together and doing what is expected of you. If possible it is a good idea to have regular online meetings to exchange ideas and follow progress or make suggestions. Without regular check-ins, it is hard to be productive and one feels more isolated which interferes with our creativity and efficiency.

Are you homeschooling your children?  That can be trying especially if you are not a teacher. Having them around all the time when you are trying to work is also challenging. This adds another issue to deal with while trying to stay at home to be safe.

Staying at home all the time is difficult as we just do not have much to do…..we cannot go out to a restaurant for a meal, we can do pick up, though.  We cannot go to a movie, a concert or a play.  We can watch movies on TV or binge-watch favourite shows but that means we are just sitting around.  It is important to get regular exercise by working out at home, going for a run, or riding your bicycle.  Exercise helps to change our brain chemistry and releases endorphins which make us feel better.

The other option is to be sure to enjoy some funny movies, or videos, or even jokes.  Laughter also changes our brain chemistry as well and releases those feel-good endorphins.  Humour is always helpful in dealing with stressful situations.

Humans are naturally very social creatures so it is very important to keep in touch with family and friends. However, email, facetime, Skype, and Zoom are not quite the same as actually physically being together so it is hard for us to be so isolated for so long.  It is especially hard for kids as most of their life is socializing with friends, playing sports, etc.  This is why this pandemic is so difficult to endure for such a long time and why we must come up with ways to make it better for ourselves.

It is important to try to only grocery shop every 10-14 days so that you limit the opportunity to come in contact with an infected person.  It might be a good idea to wear a mask when you do go out and at the grocery store, maybe wear gloves.  In any event, you do need to wash your hands regularly and disinfect counters, door handles and even the door handles and steering wheel of your car when out….the virus can live on hard surfaces for a long time so it can easily be picked up from one of those.  I tend to put my groceries on only one counter.  Put them away and then disinfect that counter and wash my hands.

Unfortunately, it is a good idea to stay away from older relatives as they are most vulnerable to this very contagious virus.  To keep in touch, you can facetime and speak on the phone with them.

Now might be a good time to read that book you have been wanting to get at or do some research for work online.  Again, having a routine and following it helps with the boredom.

It is also good to try to get some fresh air every day by taking a nice walk somewhere where you will not run into too many others and if you do to be sure socially distance yourself.  This also gives you some more exercise and that is a good relief from just being indoors.

This is not an easy time for anyone but dwelling on the negatives does not help us.  It is better to try to make the best of this situation and to try to keep a positive attitude and if possible.

I hope you are staying safe and healthy and dealing well with this very unusual situation.  I trust that some of the suggestions I have made will be helpful to you and make this a bit easier to endure. Be safe!


Sandy Chernoff
Sandy Chernoff
SANDY'S 30 years of didactic and clinical teaching in study clubs and continuing dental education, coupled with her almost 40 years of Dental Hygiene practice bring a wealth of experience to her interactive soft skills workshops. With her education background she easily customizes interactive sessions to suit the specific needs of her clients. Her energetic and humorous presentation style has entertained and informed audiences from Victoria to New York City. Sandy’s client list includes law firms, teaching institutions, volunteer and professional organizations and conferences, businesses, and individuals. Her newest project is turning her live workshops into e-learning programs using an LMS platform. Her teaching and education background have helped her to produce meaningful and somewhat interactive courses for the learners wanting the convenience of e-learning options. As the author of 5 Secrets to Effective Communication, Sandy has demonstrated her ability to demystify the complexities of communication so that the reader can learn better strategies and approaches which will greatly improve their communication skills and ultimately reduce conflict, resentment, disappointment, complaining, and confusion. As a result, the reader will be able to increase productivity, efficiency and creativity, improve all the relationships in their lives and ultimately enjoy a happier, healthier existence! Sandy blogs regularly on her two websites on the various soft skills topics that are featured in her workshops and e-learning programs.

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  1. Useful tips to remember in any situation of difficulty and emergency.
    It is clear that the health emergency is destined to also become a psychological emergency, which must be addressed without generating fear, but not even trivializing it.
    To help us, and others, it is essential to know that stress is not an automatic fact, but it is linked to the way in which we place ourselves psychologically in the face of situations. And here comes the so-called resilience, the ability to adopt a non-destructive but constructive attitude, to seize every space and opportunity in the face of situations that we are still forced to face. If being at home is seen as a captivity and not as a refuge, if we do not think that we can be isolated but not alone, close also in the distance, we put ourselves in a situation that amplifies the negative weight of all this. And it prevents us from reorganizing ourselves mentally and physically. Our sacrifices serve to avoid more serious problems, and are not a consequence of someone’s fault, we must reflect on this and become aware of it.

    • Hi Aldo, I glad you found the tips beneficial and thanks for taking the time to read the post. This is a stressful time for many people but if we handle our stress effectively and try to stay as positive as we can, we will all get through this. Stress is different things to different people but each of us needs to recognize our stressors and exercise strategies to deal with it. This is certainly hard, especially the staying at home part, but it does not mean that you cannot get fresh air by taking a walk, just be sure to social distance while out.

  2. Excellent tips Sandy. Thank you…I’m already at home so it’s nothing new. I am reminded daily of the effects this situation is having on everyone. Helping others has become more a priority. It just helps to help.
    Thank you for this reminder as I have let some things go, but then again it’s just an adjustment and being open minded helps! Have a great week! P.

    • Hi Paula, Glad you found the tips beneficial. This is a very difficult time for all of us and we need to find ways to stay positive and to fill our time even though we are mostly at home and not able to socialize with family and friends. Hope you have a great week, too and do stay safe and healthy.