10 Things to Make You Feel Better During Shelter in Place

Apr 15, 2020
4 min read
There are many things to worry about these days. But instead of focusing on what’s going wrong, let’s take ten minutes and think about some of the ways you can make yourself feel better during the shelter in place orders.

These days, it’s extremely easy to get wrapped up in negative feelings and worry—a 24-hour news cycle and constant access to the latest updates on your phone doesn’t help. However, here are ten things that will make you feel better, and not worse, when you’ve finished reading:

1.) Realize you finally have enough time to get a puppy!

Sure, being stuck inside for weeks on end can get boring. But when will you ever have this much uninterrupted time at home to take care of a new dog? Never. Michael Skinner, a Senior Security Analyst at Xactly, has always wanted a corgi but never felt he had the necessary time to devote to raising a puppy. Now, that has all changed. Meet Stella:


2.) Go out of your way to be kind.

I’ve noticed that people are acting more kind and empathetic than ever. Case in point: Denver’s office manager, Katy Ostermeyer. Before COVID-19, the Xactly office purchased hundreds of burritos from Jesus Velazquez daily. However, without office buildings being open, sales were slow for Milagro Burritos. Katy was incredibly thoughtful and took it upon herself to place a mass order of 679 burritos. She then orchestrated an efficient and safe distribution process. 


Her feel-good story was picked up by the Denverite, and since then the “pay it forward” mentality inspired another company to follow suit:


3.) Watch an informative webinar.

If you’re like me, you register for tons of webinars that seem intriguing, but other meetings or priorities always seem to come first, and you don’t get to attend many of them. In the current situation, this has changed. I’ve been making more time for professional development, and you can too. We’re putting out webinars designed specifically to answer the sales planning, territory, and quota questions that are likely coming up at your organization.

4.) Stop guilting yourself. 

While some people are finding the extra time at home the perfect motivator to begin that at-home workout routine, clean out their closet, re-arrange their kitchen cabinets, or plant a garden. There are others who aren’t inspired to do so. This has created what psychologist, Alaa Hijazi is calling “motivational pressure.” Essentially, people feel bad if all they are able to do is work and get through their day. And they shouldn’t. Every one of us is different, and we all react to stress, fear, and sadness in different ways. 

In a viral post, Hijazi reminds us that “we are going through a collective trauma...what we need is more self-compassion, more gentle acceptance of all the difficult emotions coming up for us.” I encourage you to be gentle with yourself—your internal voice should reflect the way that you speak to a good friend. We are going through a deadly global pandemic with massive economic consequences. Be accepting of your unique reactions and feelings about the situation. 

5.) Find ways to give back. 

One of the best things you can do to make yourself feel better is to do something for someone else. Seek out organizations that are giving back to their communities, support small businesses that are trying to stay afloat during this time by purchasing goods online or ordering takeout, or donate money to causes in need. 

6.) Breathe. 

I don’t want to come across flippant by recommending breathing. Yes, it’s something we all do every day. But pause right now and check your posture. Are you holding your breath? Are you hunched over a computer? Is your jaw clenched tightly? These are all common and natural stress responses. Taking just a few minutes for a breathing exercise has been shown to calm down your body and mind because it sends a message to your brain to relax. 

7.) Attend a virtual event. 

Most companies have moved upcoming conferences to a virtual setting, and Xactly is no exception. Xactly Unleashed 2020 has become the Xactly Unleashed Virtual Summit—Xactly’s first global, virtual conference. The event takes place on June 17, 2020. By removing the physical barriers, we can open the meeting to anyone, anywhere in the world—completely free of charge. 

8.) Compete with your co-workers (in a friendly way!)

A little bit of friendly competition works as a motivator for many! I never thought a digital leaderboard would encourage me to work out daily, but here we are. At Xactly, we use Grokker, a video wellbeing solution that provides personalized programs integrating fitness, mental health, sleep, nutrition, and financial wellness content. Xactlians are currently competing in the “Grokker Olympics” for the top number of activity minutes in their regions. Samantha Land, Enterprise Solutions Consultant, shared a fun photo on our slack channel of her new workout buddies:



When Disruption Demands Change

9.) Find a new hobby. 

As mentioned in number four, this advice comes with no pressure. If extra productivity is not your jam or a top priority, keep reading for other low-key things you can do to feel better during this time. Content Marketing Manager, Karrie Lucero, took some of her extra time to learn how to weld from her dad. Check out the results:


10.) Enjoy the “Fire Memes.” 

While we don’t advise scrolling through Instagram and Facebook endlessly, looking at memes and videos is sometimes exactly what you need to take a mindless break and make yourself laugh. We enjoy this feel-good new story with John Krasinski and will close out this blog post with this very relevant meme. And if this meme makes no sense to you, then it’s time to stop what you’re doing and watch Tiger King.


As always, we want to hear from you! Tweet @Xactly and let us know silver linings you’ve found during this experience.

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Jordan Scott
Jordan Scott
Manager, Content Marketing

Jordan Scott is the Manager of Content Marketing at Xactly. She attended The University of California at Santa Cruz, and received degrees in Literature and Education.