10 Tips for Staying Focused, Healthy and Motivated at Home

As more U.S. states adopt some form of “Sheltering-in-Place” or “Safer at Home” directive, many of us find ourselves in a new environment, whether we are working from home, caring for our immediate family and school-aged children or simply spending more time alone. While we all adjust to this temporary new “normal,” it can be a stressful time. In speaking with the Private Ocean team, here are some tips we’ve gathered that we’re using to stay focused, motivated and healthy.

  1. Keep a regular schedule. This may seem simple, but maintaining an overall healthy rhythm of life: sleep, nutrition, exercise and meditation, can help you stay focused.
  2. Stay connected. Some of us may be used to spending time with friends and family, and this experience can be isolating. Technology in this case can be very useful. Take advantage of phone calls and group video chats, even to talk about your favorite TV shows or share a recipe you’ve whipped up.
  3. Set goals. Alone or as a family, acknowledge this unique situation and ask yourselves, “What do you want to have accomplished when life goes back to ‘normal’?”
  4. Get moving. Getting regular exercise indoors may seem more challenging, especially being so close to the snacks in the home! Many fitness providers are offering online and virtual options to stay fit, which both supports local businesses and keeps you moving!
  5. Take time to learn something new. We often wish we had more time, to learn a new hobby, to finish a crafting project, read a book, try out a new recipe, learn a foreign language or play an instrument. There’s no time like the present to spend a little time for yourself!
  6. Get organized. From closets to files to a garage in need of some de-cluttering, now is a great time to get your home in order.
  7. Dream outside the box. Speaking of time for yourself, after the kids go to bed and work is done, why not let your creativity flourish by doing some research on a dream project – perhaps a new business venture, a talent you’ve considered turning into a career or a book you’ve always wanted to write?
  8. Think of ways to give back. Our advisors have received this question often. How can we help our communities in need? Check out our checklist for some helpful ideas.
  9. Be patient with yourself and others. If you’re used to working or spending time outside the home, suddenly spending more time with those closest to you or time alone may seem like a blessing, but also cause added stress. Remember that everyone else is experiencing similar emotions and be kind and patient with yourself and your loved ones.
  10. Take time to reflect. Lastly, consider making a list of thing you are grateful for and what you may want to change. Reflect on what you are learning through this process and how it can help serve you once this time has passed.

We understand that everyone has unique needs and challenges, and it’s important to remember that the goal is to take care of ourselves and our families, and take measures to protect those in our communities. We are available should you need us, and I encourage you to reach out to your advisor if you have any questions about your portfolio.

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