Wrecked travel plans, indefinite isolation, panic over scarce resources, and false information could be a recipe for anxiety, fear and so many other feelings amongst many of us. How do you deal with it? How do you make sure your mental peace and physical health don’t take a toll? How do you make sure everything is good around you? Here are a few pointers that could help you survive spiraling negative thoughts about this uncertain time.
- Minimize time spent in COVID-19 news or talks – Spend only a maximum of an hour imbibing information about coronavirus (COVID-19) through news, social media, discussion with family, or friends. Perpetual exposure to such news creates a negative effect. Ensure to stay away from false news that might cause fear, anxiety, and stress. Avoid watching the news all the time but make sure you are updated.
- Stay virtually connected – Take out some time to connect with your near and dear ones through video calls. Check up on the elderly or the disabled in your neighborhood. Also check up on the watchman of your society or building and make sure he is healthy and safe. Such deeds will have a positive impact on your mental health.
- Focus on positive thoughts – Reframe “I am stuck inside” to “I can finally focus on myself, my home and my work”. In such times, it is very easy to focus on negative thoughts. But instead try and distance yourself from such thoughts. Do one productive thing per day, it will lead to a more positive attitude. Approaching this time with the mindset of feeling trapped will make you more and more anxious, instead, utilize this time to work on yourself.
- Plan activities with your family – The lockdown has provided us an opportunity to spend more time with our family which has not been possible earlier because of our busy schedule. Plan fun activities with your entire family such as board games, cards, movies, etc.
- Stay close to your normal routine – As we work from home, it is tempting to fall into a lethargic lifestyle which could lead to negative thinking. Try to follow your same routine as before the lockdown. Wake up around the same time, maintain your eating habits, maintain your exercise schedule and if you don’t have one, create one and get out of your pj’s. Sticking to your normal routine will not only keep you active but also make it easy for you to adjust to the outside post lockdown.
As you cope with the changes brought about by COVID-19 pandemic, remember that the feelings that you are experiencing are natural and that you can choose to cope with them in a healthy way. And above all, stay indoors to protect yourself.