Back in 2019, no one would think that we’d all be cooped up at home for months, in the midst of a scary global health issue. But hey, although we may be living in a time of uncertainty, one thing’s for sure: you get a say on what you can do with your time. 

In the New Normal setting, there are less hanging out with friends, less get-togethers with family–less of the outside world in general. For work, companies have resorted to mobile or work-from-home schemes minimizing physical contact through which the virus may spread; to keep everyone safe. 

Months into this setup and we all are now familiar with the ups and the downs. First, the ups: no more traveling and traffic, which means you get extra time to sleep in. You save more on the usual expenses too, such as the everyday pocket money, and gas and parking (if you own a car). And then there are also the downsides, the most common being these two: that the work stress that you usually leave at the office has creeped and invaded the cozy comforts of your home; and that the line between work and personal time is now blurred.

I know. It hasn’t been easy for me too. 

But even though we’re faced with these new challenges, know that there’s always something that we can do to feel less helpless during this time. And no, it doesn’t have to be some grand effort. It can be as simple as taking a break. 

Take a break. Permit yourself to do so. Just breathe and release yourself from the pressures of functioning as if nothing’s wrong. Because hey, these are extraordinary times and even though we’re in the nth month of the pandemic, it still is quite a lot to process.

Sanity breaks can be really helpful in dealing with stress. It can mean, putting your feet up and enjoying a drink or finding time for something that you love. Anything that you find comfort in doing, really.

Online reads say that art activities have a meditative effect. Painting, for one, promotes stress relief, freeing the mind from the mental strains of work or any other stressful matter. And this is true for me. That’s why I make it a point to do at least one creative thing every day, and usually it’s painting. Try it for yourself with our new Sanity Break Kits!

Especially in this trying time, everyone needs a break. These little pauses for yourself positively affect both mind and body, helping you re-center and recharge for the rest of the day.

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