The Quarantined Economy: Stress Reduction Hacks

As an organization, we are facing the same COVID-19 challenges as every other organization. To help DailyPay employees who are quarantined in their homes, we have come up with some ideas to help them cope with our new normal. We have conducted some research around these ideas as well and want to share them with you. We hope that they will be beneficial to you as well.

Creating and practicing a meaningful self-care routine is not just about taking luxurious bubble baths. Self-care is a commitment to maintaining your physical, spiritual, mental and emotional well-being to reduce your stress levels. During these trying times of quarantine and chaos, self-care is more important than ever. Tuning in to your needs will help you control your anxiety, avoid burnout and maintain a positive attitude. Here are 5 hacks to keep your stress levels at bay:

Test out new recipes

With all the chaos going on around you, preparing food for yourself and your loved ones can be a very grounding experience. Not only is it necessary for your survival, but it is also a tactile, sensory experience that many people find immensely calming. This decadent lemon pasta is simple to make and only includes a few ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen. Want to smell something warm and delicious simmering away all day while you’re stuck at home? Break out your slow cooker and try one of these warm and comforting recipes.

Experiment with aromatherapy

Stop rolling your eyes at me! Chances are you have scented candles, incense or some form of essential oil laying around the house. It may sound small or frivolous, but these things can add a warm ambiance to your space, as well as soothe anxiety. Beyond just the sensory experience, this response is also biological, because the parts of your brain that process smell are directly linked to the parts that take in information and process emotions. Check out this guide for more information on scents that can help improve your mood and help you be more productive.

Beautify your space

It’s the perfect time to channel your inner Marie Kondo and tidy up. Even something as simple as cleaning that part of your home that seems eternally messy can help you feel productive and in control while all this madness is going on around you. Organizing the avalanche in Tupperware cabinet can make you feel so much more organized and in control. If you’re feeling especially ambitious and want to totally redecorate, check out this guide for sprucing up your home with things you already have inside. Saving a ton of money by not going out? This might be a great time to order online and invest in some new decorations and home furnishings. 

Treat yourself to something special

Again, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Something as simple as your favorite baked good or an amazing cup of coffee can make your day if you take the time to truly savor it. If there’s room in your budget, treat yourself to one or two gifts from your Amazon wish list. Whether it’s comfy new pajamas for all the time spent indoors or new kitchen gadgets for your house-bound culinary exploits, “retail therapy” can be a very positive form of self-care. Just make sure you’re sticking to your budget and shopping within your means.  

Find time for body maintenance and pampering

Finally, the bubble bath section! If a soapy soak isn’t your thing, an at-home mani/pedi might help you feel a little more like yourself. You can also try a homemade face mask customized for your skin type. There are tons of self-massage techniques to help you relieve some of the stress and tension in your body. A free at-home yoga class is a great way to incorporate movement into your day, even if you have limited space or don’t own any workout equipment. If you want to branch out even further, take some time to learn about ayurveda, one of the sister sciences of yoga, and begin your day with a few of these ayurvedic morning rituals to feel totally revitalized.

These ideas just make good logical sense. Another thing that makes good logical sense is allowing employees to access their earned pay every day. If you want help with this, please reach out to us here.

In addition, DailyPay recently hosted a webinar in which we discussed what we are doing as a company to help our remote workforce stay connected and engaged through this unprecedented time. Some of what we are doing may help your company as well.