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Terry Moore: How I’m Staying Creative, Calm, and Connected During the Shutdown

A few months ago, our world was presented with an obstacle no one had faced before. Millions of people including myself were forced to transition from a typical commuter’s workday to a remote work lifestyle. As a result, I was left feeling unsatisfied. I function best in an office that is energetic and I frankly find the sound of endless typing comforting. I eventually found that my virtual environment gave me an opportunity to grow by overcoming its new challenges. Working from home allowed me to take a break from my usual routine. After a few days of experimenting with a new schedule, I came to the understanding that I could trick myself into thinking I was being productive when in reality I had only chipped away at small pieces of each task on my to-do list. I made it my goal to check off just one box by the end of the day. This helped me stay deeply immersed in my work and produce uninterrupted, free-flowing thoughts. In addition to ticking a checkbox, I have some other tactics for generating the “energized concentration” that I crave. 

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Stay active to avoid burnout and boredom

Recognize and feed your diverse interests. Experiment with an activity time usually doesn’t allow for. Whether this means cooking a new recipe, writing a poem, or building something, switch out your daily tasks for something creative. You never know what might become a hobby.

Meditate

Meditation is about not letting your attention be divided into a hundred pieces. The beautiful thing about meditating is that nothing can distract you, because any disruption can be used to help the practice. If your house is noisy, close your eyes and listen to the noises with your whole body. Focus on the sounds that are closest to you, then gradually move to the ones farthest away. This is a very mind-gathering exercise. When I meditate, I make good use of my BEACON40, which provides safe nurturing lights that rejuvenate brain health and enhances cognitive function. Plus, they help me sleep better at night. What better way to enhance quality of thought?

 

Recognize and feed your diverse interests.

 

Wake up very early

This is my own personal Daylight of-the-mind Saving Time. I remove the time from the end of the day, when I’m fried and not willing to do much except be entertained, and put it at the beginning of the day when my mind is fresh. I also keep the lights off because there’s something about witnessing the gradual lightening of my surroundings that settles and gathers my mind.

Trust

Trust breaks the mind out of its ruts. Working from home gives us new opportunities to trust that we otherwise may not have had. We must learn to trust our team to do their work without constant oversight, trust the technology you've chosen, and most importantly, trust in our own ability to adapt outside of the bounds of the work environment that we have accustomed ourselves to. 

Stay connected 

Reach out to family and friends through video conferencing. Caring for others relieves the focus on always caring for yourself. Set aside time each week to schedule a phone or video calls with loved ones and neighbors. Ask them what they made for dinner or about the novel they’re currently reading; I call this micro-connecting. It’s a simple way to stay in touch from a distance and extend a loving hand during these uncertain times. And don’t forget about the older population. They are even more isolated than the rest right now and can experience loneliness and anxiety due to continuous separation. Be available and be present for others by keeping an eye on their mental and cognitive health. 

Help others feel good

I have become an advocate for those affected by Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is a worldwide epidemic and is the 6th leading cause of death in the US. So I spend my time championing 40Hz light therapy, like BEACON40™, which I’ve come to think of as a vitamin for the brain.  And I talk to young entrepreneurs, doctors, and therapists about the importance of wellness routines that support brain health.  

 

Written by, Terry Moore on Jul. 31, 2020
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