People are stressed every day with or without the coronavirus. The virus and its catastrophic effects on the population have added immense levels of stress and worry to peoples’ lives. Humans are meant to be sociable, so being isolated results in feeling like a fish out of water.
The challenges we are being faced with today are unlike anything we have dealt with before. Many are out of work and are living on government subsidies that will expire sometime down the road. Plans have come to a halt, and the future remains uncertain.
Although times are tough, we must try to find the positive. Here are eight tips we hope you will find helpful as you exercise your coping skills in this pandemic.
9. This Too Shall Pass
Remember to remind yourself that this is not permanent. Previous pandemics such as the Spanish Flu have passed, and life continued. It may seem to be lasting forever, but in reality, these difficult times will only be a small portion of your life. So, try to keep negative, depressing dialogue at bay and remember that this too shall pass.
8. Control Your Brain Pattern
Many of us make the mistake of focusing on the things we cannot control because they seem so daunting. It is best to put your mental efforts into what you do have control over. If you always focus on what you can not control, you will train your brain to notice those stress-inducing things. Why would you want that?
Instead, practice gratitude every morning by writing down three things you are grateful for. Doing so will train your brain to find the good in life rather than the bad.
Focus on the positive things that are still happening around you daily and find appreciation in the little things. It may seem easy to zone in on all of the negative aspects of this pandemic, but there have also been some positives, including more family time.
7. No Fake News
Manage your source of information carefully! There is a myriad of conspiracy theories flying around. Not everything on social media is correct and should be filtering into your system.
Follow your governments’ reports and announcements. Avoid getting your news from social media because that is where fake news is most likely to spread.
6. Follow COVID Guidelines
The most trustworthy source right now is the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), so follow their guidelines for your own peace of mind and safety. CDC guidelines save lives! So, continue social distancing and wash your hands regularly.
You may be tempted to fly into the arms of a loved one or friend, but resist that urge and give an elbow greeting instead! The best thing you can do for yourself and those around you is to be responsible. Taking risks and not being careful will only cause you more worry.
5. Get Enough Sleep
You may think that you don’t need to get as much sleep because you are spending so much time at home. You may have the urge to stay up later because you don’t have to deal with that morning commute anymore. But, irregular sleep patterns will only harm you.
Not getting enough sleep is likely to result in less productivity, leading to even more stress and worry. You will be feeding depression and anxiety! So, aim for eight hours of sleep a night to continue becoming the best version of yourself.
4. Stick To a Routine That Brings You Happiness
Having a structured routine will naturally reduce worry. Start your day on a high note by taking some time to yourself before the day picks up. Go jogging, walk your dog, meditate or do whatever makes you happy. Create a routine and stick to it.
3. Have Something To Look Forward To
Plan at least one thing to look forward to each week. Keep yourself busy and distracted so that you have less time to worry. While most places remain close, get creative with the activities you plan. You can still have fun without going out to dinner or to the movies.
Being at home more often is an excellent opportunity to do the things you couldn’t before. Play games, cook something new, have a picnic in the yard. Take advantage of what you do have available to you, and have fun!
2. Get Physical Exercise and Eat Right
Get off of that couch and move your body. Daily movement is crucial to maintaining good mental health. Working out releases endorphins, which make you feel happy. Most gyms are closed, but pathways and nature are always available to you.
You must nourish your body with healthy food to exercise effectively and keep your mind healthy. Eating healthy will also help build up your immune system, which is crucial right now. Eat your fruits and vegetables, drink lots of water and get moving.
1. Stay Social While Socially Distancing
We don’t have to ignore each other because we have to stay six feet apart. If you find yourself losing touch with friends and family, make a change. You can still socialize while being safe—video chat, text to check up on loved ones or go on a walk with masks.
Don’t isolate yourself any more than you have to. Connecting with people will remind you of the support system you have, resulting in less reason to worry.