As we find ourselves taking the time to ensure the safety of our family, friends, and team members, it is easy to forget about taking care of ourselves. Whether that’s taking reading breaks, going for a walk, reducing screen time, or watching your favourite movie, self-care has a specific meaning to each person. We must remember that being kind to yourself plays a large role in our adjusted realities as we do what we can to persevere.
This week, as part of our Safety Nerds from Home blog series, we would like to focus on the mental health topic of self-care. Our talented Senior Account Executive, Tibor Sos, always keeps a smile on his face and is always there to be your number one cheerleader. His ability to proactively look at self-care and offer advice is something we cherish at eCompliance, which is why we could not wait to get his insight on this topic. He took the time to reflect on his experience with self-care and share some advice below.
Dina: How has this pandemic affected how you feel on a day to day basis?
Tibor: In strange times like these, it can be easy to feel like many things are outside of my control; however, it is just the opposite. I am in control of my mind my body, what I expose myself to, and how I respond to adversity. I have been exercising, eating well, and dedicating time to hobbies that drive passion. Doing these things on a day-to-day basis has made me feel good. However, sharing my positive energy with family, friends, colleagues, and my community has elevated me from feeling good to feeling great.
Dina: What are three things that you have found most helpful to keep your anxiety levels low?
Tibor: Keeping my anxiety levels low starts with exercising, as it puts me in a good state of mind that gives me the confidence to tackle challenges. Having an outlet for my creative side amplifies this state of mind. Sharing all this positive accumulated energy with the world around me is what takes my well-being to a whole new level where everything just flows naturally and feels right.
Humor, silliness, and laughter are also things I try to employ in stressful times. Anxiety happens when we take something too seriously and as a result, our state of mind becomes destructive. In times when we find ourselves drowning in seriousness, it is always best to use humor, silliness, and laughter as your life raft back to a positive mental state.
Dina: What piece of advice would you give to those struggling right now?
Tibor: Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable – we are only human. Sharing your vulnerabilities with people strengthens bonds and personal connections. Find the strength to do even the shortest of workouts every day because consistency is vastly more important than volume. It is important to leverage your creative side as an outlet and to simply create. And finally, share your positivity with people around you, because in these strange times, heart-felt smiles is one of the most valuable currencies.
As Tibor mentioned, it’s important to understand that we are only human. We must practice kindness with each other and most of all: ourselves. It is very easy to get caught up in the noise and struggle to find your rhythm. So, take a moment to look at your team and how they can practice self-care and find time to walk them through the tips that Tibor provided.
For more methods to help your employees stay safe and healthy during this time, check out our Employee Guide to Managing COVID-19.