Right now we're faced with more time at home than ever before. As some of us work remotely, we're faced with new challenges. We are enduring everything from conference calls while our kids issue mayhem in the background (classic, but still funny), to dealing with a sense of stress in the midst of change.
With all of this craziness, it's helpful to "get away" in some form. Whether that's taking a walk, writing, listening to a podcast- any of these forms of retreat can help your mental health.
This not only impacts and benefits you, but your family and work. Avoid mental stagnation and allow your creativity to flow by taking a moment to explore inspirational, educational or informational content. You can help mitigate the feeling that one day is just rolling into the next by using this practice.
While being in an age of information at our fingertips, we have an endless supply of resources and content that can help us learn and grow.
Now is the time to watch, listen and read inspiring content.
A few ways we can do this:
TedTalks: This is one of the most amazing resources out there. If you haven't checked it out... where have you been? Really, it's a fantastic place to hear other people share new ideas, old ideas reframed, research and life experiences. Whether it is a topic around news and ideas of the day or a classic (one of my all-time favorites) Simon Sinek.
Masterclass: If you're looking for an ultimate educational tool that utilizes key leaders in their industries, this is for you. For someone like me that enjoys learning things from different disciplines and how they work, this is a goldmine. Masterclass varies from lessons given by Hans Zimmer and how he creates audio masterpieces for movie soundtracks to Steve Martin and how he has become a comedic icon. The downside is needing to pay for a subscription, but it's well worth it. A general rule of thumb is to invest just 3% back into yourself and your growth and development, be it career or personal, and you'll reap returns. This is a great resource to spend part of that 3% on.
YouTube: Not only is this a great way to market your business, create a lifestyle brand or broadcast your personal brand, it is a great way to learn new things. You may need to weed through some content, but this is a fun way to learn from both amateurs and professionals. Careful though, this one is easy to get into a video blackhole where you go from one video to another, pretty soon you may end up randomly watching a video on the best ways to fly fish. If you're interested in starting a YouTube Channel, make sure to check out Kennedy's how to video!
Podcasts: There are many things out there to listen to, whether it be the HBR podcast and their take on current events or ideas on how to continually develop your business with the SeanWes podcast. I'm not writing an extensive list here, but you can easily google what you're most interested in to find podcast resources.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to accessible educational content. No matter your choice of medium, take the moment to enjoy the little things, the little moments that you might miss once life goes back to normal... or perhaps a temporary new normal.
Carve out time in the morning that would be your typical commute, sit with a cup of coffee and your headphones. If you need to, get up before your kids are up, or maybe they're old enough to give you some space. I know from first-hand experience that this is a challenge! But worth it if you can achieve it.
Just remember, it's something that can ultimately help you, your family and work.
If you don't take the time now, when will it happen?