“I’ve found that I just have to talk about it. I’ve ramped up my texting with my sisters, and early on, we started a regular morning check-in text (we are in three different cities). Sometimes they boost me, and other times, I boost them. We can be totally honest with each other—and the fact that we don’t have to put on a happy face is wonderful.
Maintaining the connection with my team while we all work from home has also been a priority—and it’s been tough. Our process to stay connected has changed and evolved, and some things have been more effective than others. I’ve found that as we fine-tune our WFH rituals, I feel more ‘real’ and, therefore, more motivated and energetic. Right now, during our check-ins, we share what we’ll be working on that day, our current state of mind, and our intended mindset for the day. It doesn’t have to be poetic or deep or heavy—but it gives us a chance to be authentic and honest about what we’re going through. I like to say ‘structure is freedom,’ and having a list of check-in questions helps us contribute consistently but in a way we’re comfortable with.
I find that if I just name my feelings—whether I’m feeling unmotivated, somewhat depressed, or hopeful—I tend not to judge myself. And not having that additional emotional burden of self-judgement can be very freeing. For me, awareness is curative.
Last but not least: proper shoes. They don’t have to be high heels, but they cannot be slippers. Even on days when I don’t leave the house, I wear proper shoes, and putting them on serves as a mental trigger to get going in work mode.”