The current situation with COVID-19 means that many countries are in lockdown or quarantine, restricting people to their homes in order to slow the spread of the virus. Malaysia, where Supahands is headquartered, has been placed under the Movement Control Order, while the Philippines, where most of our SupaAgents are based is under lockdown.
Outside of Southeast Asia, the lockdown extends globally, where over a billion are under orders to remain in their homes. Although SupaAgents are used to working remotely, it’s important to take care of your mental and physical health during a lockdown of this scale.
Taking Care of Your Mental Health
Even for seasoned remote workers, imposed restrictions can take a toll on your mental health. The feeling of not being able to step outside whenever one wants, or meet up with friends, can be extremely stressful — and now that you’re confined to your home, you might be wondering how you will stay sane.
Meditation and mindfulness
Practice meditation and mindfulness (even if it’s for a short while). Being in a constant high-stress fight-or-flight state weakens our immune system and makes it easier to fall ill. Meditation helps to keep us grounded in the present moment through our observation of the breath.
Take time off from social media
Even before this outbreak, too much time spent on social media has been linked to higher levels of stress, lower quality sleep, and increased anxiety. Now, with decreased ability to go outside, it’s easier than ever to stay glued to your phone all day. And in the wake of COVID-19, it seems all anyone is talking about is the virus, which can increase feelings of fear and anxiety.
Pro tip: Most smartphones come with a setting that allows you to limit the amount of time you spend on various apps. Use that to your advantage if you struggle to keep track of how much time you spend on social media.
Connect with others
It’s easier than ever to feel lonely during a quarantine or travel restrictions, but you always have the option of speaking to other SupaAgents. At Supahands, the pandemic truly affects all of us in some way, no matter where we are located, so talking to other SupaAgents about your experience and sharing your struggles is a good way to feel connected.
Even if you can’t see them in person, having a call or video chat with your friends or family members can go a long way toward helping you feel more connected.
Maintain a normal routine
Set up a daily schedule where you block out different things you can do, such as cooking, exercising, working, and talking with friends over the phone or video chat. Start with blocking out your time virtually on your Google Calendar to receive reminders.
Take care of your environment
It’s easy to let your living space get messy, particularly if no one else is around to see it, but a sloppy living space can lead to feelings of depression and lethargy. So make sure to tidy it up and maintain a clean and organized environment.
Don’t forget your Physical Health
Lastly, besides keeping mentally sane, there are several things you can do to maintain your physical health during a lockdown. You should ensure there is sufficient airflow in your house or apartment.
Keep windows open if possible, so that your room doesn’t get stuffy and stifling, which may increase feelings of claustrophobia. Try to get a daily dose of sunlight, even if that sunlight is coming in through the windows, and eat your meals at regular times.
Don’t stop moving
Even if you’re restricted to your house, you can still move sporadically. Start a stretching routine, walk around your apartment, or try exercising at home.
Even though Supahands has been operating on a remote working model, and in times of crisis like this, we care. Remember, with the restriction of movement that comes with a lockdown, it’s more important than ever to maintain your wellbeing.
With clean and sanitized hands,