It is important to know that you are not alone and feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness, and uncertainty are normal during times like this. Just keep in mind that no matter how helpless and hopeless you feel right now, there are things you can do to keep both your mind and body stronger.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our day-to-day life, uncertainty over the economy, employment, finances, relationships, physical and mental health might be clouding up your mind right now. Life is filled with uncertainty, we know that for sure. But dealing with a pandemic like this is just overwhelming and distressing. You might be thinking, “Am I going to lose my job?”, “How can I find a job easily during this time?”, “Can I financially recover from this?”, “Am I going to get sick?”, “When am I going to see my friends loved ones again?”, “When will things go back to normal?” and the questions go on.
But it is important to know that you are not alone and feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness, and uncertainty are normal during times like this. Just keep in mind that no matter how helpless and hopeless you feel right now, there are things you can do to keep both your mind and body stronger.
Manage your stress
The things you see on the news might just add up to your worries. They can make you dwell more on things you can control. Being well-informed is great, but you can limit your media consumption to avoid getting more stressed about the situation. You can take some time for yourself. Go for a walk, talk to your family or friends through video chat, read a book, cook that luscious dish you saw on the internet. Just try doing things that you enjoy.
Take some steps to decrease the risk.
If you are very worried about getting infected by the virus, you may want to develop an action plan. Lessen your risk of having the virus by following the safety measures even as simple as washing your hands properly, wearing masks every time you go out, disinfecting your home and devices, and limiting your travel.
Keeping a distance from other people can be tough. But social distancing does not mean being alone. You can stay connected with your loved ones digitally. Catch up with them through Facebook, Messenger, Zoom, FaceTime, and other social media sites. Staying in touch can help you stay positive and healthy, and prevent feelings of loneliness. If you are staying with your family, you can enjoy time with them by cooking meals together, doing the laundry, cleaning the house, and other things that you love doing.
Practice good self-care.
Taking care of yourself is the key to staying physically and mentally healthy. Make sure you get enough rest at night. Eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, and lean meat, exercise daily and engage in activities that will keep your mind away from negative thoughts.
Occupy your mind with hobbies that can calm your mind.
Keep your mind focused on things you enjoy doing such as reading books, playing a musical instrument, cooking dishes, painting, playing board games with your family, and the list goes on. Engaging in activities you love can help you relax and prevent your mind from thinking about things that will just make you more anxious.
Seek professional help.
If you have a history of anxiety and depression, you may want to seek additional help. Talking to a mental health professional can help you deal with your fears and encourage you to keep on going and make the best decisions for you and your loved ones.
Mental health specialists are trained to help people deal with emotional stress and anxiety. If you experience the following, you might need to talk to a professional.
Paying attention to your own feelings and taking care of your emotional needs are essential to cope up with difficult times like this. Practicing self-care will not only help you survive the pandemic, but you can also help your family and friends in handling their stress and worries.
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