During our regular workdays, it is hard to find time for self-care. Regular work days are intense especially for everyone working in Manila with our world-famous traffic. We either forget to take care of ourselves or are unable to due to the lack of time. This is then the perfect opportunity to begin developing the habits that carry us to success.
1. Develop Our skills
Luckily in the age of the internet, we have access to tons of great information available for free. From a simple Google search, we found this link to gain access to over 85 free courses from Coursera. On Youtube, many tutorials are available to learn everything from Excel and PowerPoint to financial management and sales skills. There are also lots of excellent speakers on life topics. Some of my favorites are Jordan Peterson, Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, Zig Zigler, etc Just make sure to check how qualified they are and they aren't selling you junk.
2. Get in Shape
Are you the person who always dreamt of getting 6 pack abs but never had the time? This is your opportunity to get fit so that when things go back to normal you can continue. Start the habit now and keep yourself healthy for years to come. There are 2 types of exercise. The first is called Cardio which is for your heart and lungsThe second is Strength for your muscles and bones. For Cardio, I jog or walk 4 times per week for 30-45 minutes. For Strength, I do a very light routine from Youtube fitness programs I find. Check out this link for more details. One problem to watch for is that many people do too much too soon and either get injured or lose interest. Go at a steady pace and do more and more every day!
3. Connect with Friends and Family
Working long hours, traveling to and from work, cooking, cleaning, etc., it is hard to maintain a constant connection with people. There are many stories I have heard from friends and family where the only time they see each other is during a funeral. We should let people know that they are loved while they are alive. If you have access to stable and steady internet call your friends and family and catch up. Be the person who acts and spreads love rather than the one who sits around waiting for it.
4. Conserve Money and Food
We don't know how long the Covid-19 issue will last. Back in 1918 during the Spanish flu epidemic, there was a 2nd wave of the disease that rampaged and killed more people than the first wave. This is the current worry. So, be prepared. My advice is to conserve your money and resources as best you can. If you have extra expenses that you can cut out such as cable TV or a very high cellphone bill try to reduce it or pause the service. Try to have enough money to last you and your family for at least 6 months.
If there are other ideas or things I missed please let me know in the comments! I read them and will be responding.