Executive function (EF) is the collection of mental processes that allow you to keep track of what you need to do, make a plan to do it, and execute the plan. It involves working memory, the ability to activate, as well as the ability to sustain focus and engagement with your work.
It is a renewable but finite resource, and during times of acute stress you have less of this resource to draw on. Strategies that support executive function will help you during this period of extreme stress.
Practices you might want to consider:
- Get enough sleep, eat as well as you can, and get exercise in whatever form works for you and is possible right now to help renew your capacity
- 5 minutes of mindfulness meditation to start and/or end your day
- Set a timer and use a journal or any old notebook you have to brain dump thoughts and relieve some stress
- Use free yoga and exercise videos on YouTube to alleviate physical tension
- Find ways to express how you are feeling such as drawing, singing or making videos. The outcome does not need to be “skillful” or “high-quality”, just have fun with it.
- Look up an easy recipe to make that doesn’t involve many steps or ingredients.
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