2020 has been a year unlike any other, and we’re only halfway through it. The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly troublesome, leading to business shutdowns, slowed demand for certain products and plenty of uncertainty.
Unfortunately, petroleum marketers aren’t immune to the disruption. Gas prices are constantly fluctuating, Americans are having second thoughts about their summer vacations, and the news is a never-ending cycle of despair.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, there are plenty of good reasons. We’re living in a time unlike anything seen during the last century. Everyone has questions, but there are very few answers. There’s no way to predict the future, but you can set aside time to take care of yourself. It may seem unnecessary, but in times like these, a little bit of self-care can make all the difference.
1.) Take a few days off. Many business owners distract themselves with the daily ins and outs of operating. This may keep your mind busy, but it’s not a good way to de-stress. If anything, it may lead to more anxiety in the long run. Look at your calendar and choose two weekdays that you feel comfortable taking off. You don’t have to make plans or do anything special, just treat yourself to some time alone. Sleep in, spend time with your family or catch up on your favorite TV show.
2.) Get outside. Now that the temperatures are rising, it’s a perfect time to get outside and enjoy some sunshine. This alone can boost your vitamin D levels, which directly impact your mood and energy. Go to a park and have a socially distanced picnic, hike your favorite trail or visit your favorite fishing hole. Enjoy the serenity of nature, including the sun’s rays, the sound of the birds chirping and the wind blowing across your skin.
3.) Read an industry publication or take an online course. Not everyone is able to completely pry themselves away from work. If you want to remain productive, even while participating in self-care, consider reading an industry publication or taking an online course. Activities such as these can provide you with professional operating insights and make you a more well-rounded petroleum marketer. When things do return to normal, you’ll be ahead of the competition.