6 tips from Stefanie Stahl on how to make the best of every day


1. Structure

Under no circumstances simply live into the day, the danger is that you get bogged down on the Internet or in front of the TV. That's why you should get up at a certain time and do your normal grooming and dress normally. Also, if you do home office, please do not sit in front of the computer in your pajamas. A normal outfit gives you a good body feeling and a piece of normality. If you have children, it is particularly important for them that the daily routine has a clear structure.

  • Divide your day into blocks: working time, household time, meal time, time for joint activities at home (watching films, games, handicrafts, cooking / baking, doing sports)
  • Plan your breaks consciously: e.g. every 90 min .: open the window, have a tea, take a deep breath for 30-60 seconds

2. New projects

If you don't have a home office and you don't have enough to do, take on projects. Now is the best time to do things you've been putting off for a long time, like tidying up the basement. Activities that are not very fun should be limited in time and included in the daily structure. For example, you could plan to clean up the basement for an hour every day. Now is also a good time to do beautiful things that are otherwise neglected in life: pick up old hobbies or find a new hobby for yourself.


Ask yourself:

  • What have I not had time for so far (reading, cleaning up / mucking out, tax returns, gardening)?
  • What have I always enjoyed doing before?

Write down five things you want to do / do in the next two weeks and note the days on which you will do it. Because: there is nothing good unless you do it. Take the chance so that you don't say afterwards: I would have used the time at home differently!

3. Focus

Be aware that there are other topics than Corona. Think about what else is important to you in life and how you can devote more time to these things. Watch the news only once a day. Otherwise, our brain perceives the threat much more strongly through constant flooding of messages. And trust only very reputable sources. There is also a lot of wrong information circulating in the media. Make it clear that every medal has two sides and so this crisis also includes an opportunity for each of us. With the help of our minds, we can consciously choose to see this other side. Think of the positive aspects of the curfew – for your personal life and for the environment. Write down at least 10 positive effects.

4. Movement & nature

Do you do sports regulary. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from depression. The Internet offers a variety of videos for workouts or yoga at home. Or go for a walk in nature or run. Scientific studies show that the forest activates our self-healing powers. Take breaks consciously and use the time to breathe fresh air and consciously perceive nature. It is best to leave your cell phone at home and focus on what you see around you: plants that are just beginning to bloom, birds building nests, the bright sun, etc. If you are completely in the here and now, yours will be yours Worry about the current situation smaller and your nervous system relaxes. After a long walk in nature, you have more energy for the next unit in the home office.

5. Connection

Who have you wanted to contact again for a long time? Which girlfriend have you had too little time for in the past weeks / months? Maybe it's time to get the good old postcards out, pick up the phone, or install Skype on your computer. Stay in touch with other people. Just because you can't physically meet other people, you can still stay connected. Make an appointment e.g. Skype for a coffee or a glass of wine. Make yourself aware that you are internally connected to many people. You can also mentally create a very strong connection to people close to you to protect yourself against the feeling of loneliness.

6. Gratitude

In challenging situations, many people only see problems and are in a tunnel in which they only perceive what is going badly. Maybe you are also wondering what is positive in your life right now? In fact, we decide every day how we perceive the world and what we focus on. Therefore: Make a conscious decision to perceive the things that are positive in your life. Put your gaze on wide angle so that you can also see what is going well in your life.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Who are you thankful for in your life? Write down three people and write down how they enrich your life. You are welcome to write to this person or briefly pick up the phone.
  • What are you thankful for in your life? Do you have a job, an apartment, a healthy body? Write down ten things you are thankful for.

During this time, what can you be thankful for that otherwise seems so natural? (e.g. your freedom, our health care system, etc.) Write down five things

Stefanie Stahl Dipl-Psych., Is a freelance psychotherapist in Trier and author of books, among others, the bestseller "The child in you must find a home" and "Everyone is relatable". She holds seminars in German-speaking countries on the subject of attachment fear, love and self-esteem, and is successful with “That's just me. Stefanie Stahl's podcast for everyone with normal disorders ”and her magazine "Brigitte Life", whose second edition on April 22nd at the kiosk.

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