Finding Inner Balance in a COVID-19 Socially Distanced World
With the Coronavirus, aka COVID-19, our world has completely changed over the past few months in terms of how we connect because of social distancing mandates. The world that we live in now, is ‘hyper-connected’ through technology. All but our frontline heroes, and even some of them, are now working from home. Most of the children in the United States and beyond are being home schooled or are attending virtual online classes.
From our mobile phones that never stop ringing or ‘beeping’, to email Inboxes flooded with messages, virtual online meetings and online exercise classes – we’re always ‘connected’.
Now that our bosses and employees know that we can be reached anytime outside of the office, it’s hard to find peace. We’re getting overwhelmed and tired trying to keep up.
Fortunately, there’s a way to remain grounded and balanced in this new way of life!
Start by embracing all of this technology to find your inner peace:
Create a healthy relationship with technology. Between work, family, friends, and boredom you are likely online more often than not these days. How do you find a balance amid all this technology?
- Craft a relationship that is based on intent. Mindless surfing online can waste your time, so ensure you have a definite purpose when you use technology. All of your online actions should have a definitive reason.
- Is it really necessary to text with your child in the next room? Unless you or your loved one is in full quarantine, get up and have a face to face conversation and encourage your kids or anyone else in the same house to do the same.
Live with technology instead of for it. Technology and being connected doesn’t have to absorb your entire life.
- Keep in mind that technology is a tool. Avoid making it the focus of your day or life.
Disconnect whenever possible. It’s crucial to take breaks from always being connected to everyone between your phone, computer, tablet through email, video chats and so many social media platforms.
- Take a tech break each day or even for a whole weekend. Schedule time away from the computer, table and phone. Avoid surfing online, sending/responding to text messages, or uploading photos. Instead, try a reading book, meditating or getting outside in a safe way with a mask and social distancing. You might even try a personal Nature / Forest Therapy Walk.
- You might even want to warn your connections ahead of time, so you don’t cause concern when you suddenly “disappear.” They’ll get used to the idea that you are taking time for yourself.
- If disconnecting causes you stress, you should equilibrate your emotions surrounding the need to constantly be connected. Ask yourself how does remaining connected to everyone and everything serve you. Then ask yourself how this constant need for virtual connection doesn’t serve you. Be grateful for both aspects.
Manage your connections. Do you really need to keep up with every person from your past? Every person you went to school with, worked with or met once at that party your ex boyfriend’s friend through? How many times do you need to check your social media accounts for new messages?
- It’s important to find a balance between keeping up to date with your connections and always being available. Of course, you want to stay in touch, but it doesn’t have to be an hourly issue. Everyone doesn’t need an instant response.
- Try limiting the number of connections in your life to those that are important to you.
- Consider “unfollowing” some people on social media, so you don’t have to be part of their drama anymore. Do what you can to maintain a stress-free social circle.
Partake in activities that reduce stress. A hyper-connected world can add to stress and be overwhelming. It can increase stress and anxiety which in turn can lead to depression. It can also make you feel that you always have to be available to do everything and answer to everyone.
- Schedule some time alone each day. Solitude will give you a chance to reflect, plan, de-stress, and re-energize. Try solo yoga, meditation, journaling, or keeping a diary.
- Pursue activities that allow you to feel peaceful and calm. Whether you hike in a park or dance in your living room, relax and disconnect from the world for a moment.
You can discover inner balance despite living in this overly technological connected world we’re living in these days. Incorporate these strategies and daily habits to enjoy greater peace.
Love & Light,
Written on 14 April, 2020
Dawn-Marie P. Dalsass, President of Livelihood Spirit Balance is a Stress Management Maven. She’s a Stress and Anxiety Expert for Middle Managers. She started her career in Corporate America while she was in high school and worked her way up the ranks finding herself in middle to upper management for most of her corporate career. She loved what she did but along the way she battled stress, anxiety and depression. When work and life were more than she could handle she planned her suicide in detail. Fortunately, she didn’t go through with it when she saw her 2 little boys on her way to get a knife with a plan to end it all. It was in that moment that she vowed to pull herself together and begin a new journey.
In 2015 she started her own business called Life Coach DM. After several years of working with clients, she realized that the majority of her clients were in middle management just like she was. She had helped most go from being stressed, anxious and / or depressed to being more balanced, aware and dynamic while guiding them on their own journey to achieve life goals including work life balance.
Dawn-Marie has since become a Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide and teaches individuals how they too can annihilate the stress, anxiety and depression (aka S.A.D) that middle managers and working parents can face through a process called equilibration (the balancing of the mind and emotions) along with the healing benefits a deep connection to nature (both indoors and out) can bring to become fully balanced, aware and dynamic (aka B.A.D).
Through her own practice, Dawn-Marie discovered what she calls Livelihood Spirit Balance where how one lives their life is in alignment with their authentic self, their B.A.D Ass-self. With Livelihood Spirit Balance, Work Life Balance and everything else just falls into place.
Based on her years of work and client success stories, Dawn-Marie changed her business name to Livelihood Spirit Balance to align with her teachings, mission, vision and purpose.
Dawn-Marie offers online courses, personal and corporate development coaching, workshops and seminars. As the owner of Total Convalescence – Nature & Forest Therapy she also offers public and private Nature & Forest Therapy Walks.
Dawn-Marie is a:
- Certified Mindset Transformation Coach
- Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide
- Certified Law of Attraction Wealth Practitioner
- Certified Fraud Examiner and
- Certified Internal Controls Auditor