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How to Stay Calmer and Happier Amidst the Pandemic

Most of us are dealing with different levels of anxiety and chronic stress and this is due to the fact that we are living with the threat of a viral illness. The uncertainty makes it even worse because we have no idea what is waiting for us in the future.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

After months of battling with the novel coronavirus pandemic, there is still no telling how long the crisis would last. Even though the end of the pandemic is still nowhere in sight, that does not mean we will always live with strict restrictions. However, thinking and accepting that we need to live with a new normal life for the foreseeable future can be stressful and can cause anxiety for some people. Most of us are dealing with different levels of anxiety and chronic stress and this is due to the fact that we are living with the threat of a viral illness. The uncertainty makes it even worse because we have no idea what is waiting for us in the future. But do not worry, I will share some tips on how to stay happier and calmer as we learn to live with the novel coronavirus.

Keep your focus on what is real.

We all know that negative thoughts can really affect our mood and they only make you feel more stressed about the situation. I know it is challenging to reframe those thoughts, but dealing with what is happening right now on a daily basis can make you feel more in control and help you look at the situation from a more positive perspective.

Build a routine.

Creating a routine can help you relax. Making a schedule on your daily activities such as your mealtime, workout routine, and doing household chores to help you know what is going to come up for that day. Blocking it off on your calendar will also help you not worry about thinking what you need to accomplish for the day.

Connect with your sense of purpose.

Did you know that connecting to a deeper sense of purpose can give you happiness? I know it is hard to stay happy during difficult times like this but we can still feel some fulfillment by connecting with our sense of purpose. You can share your most significant values to your children, especially during this pandemic. You can also teach them how to do household chores, study on their own, and cook meals, and how important it is to be responsible.

Start a fitness routine or an activity that you enjoy.

Whether it is walking around your village, jogging in place, working out at home, doing yoga, or playing badminton and other sports in your yard with your family members, doing something physical can improve your mood. You know anxiety can affect your physical body so it is important to pay attention to how your body feels on a daily basis.

Stay flexible about the situation.

One of the best ways to cope with the new normal is to search for facts and stay flexible about the situation. It is important to think about possible scenarios from an objective standpoint and remain open to change. It is okay to change your mind on the plans that you already made or the decisions that you already took especially if you get an opinion or knowledge about things that make you see them a different way. Again, it is okay to try something different especially if your initial plans did not work out. For example, if you found out that your children are struggling with online classes, you have to think of another way to help them in their studies.

Know that it is okay to feel sad and disappointed.

I know there are many plans that have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Weddings, graduations, birthday celebrations, family vacations, and many more events that we are all looking forward to. It is okay to feel upset, sad, and disappointed about that. Of course, everyone gets excited about special and important things in life and it is absolutely disappointing to have them canceled or rescheduled. You can still figure out ways to fulfill your needs out of the events. For example, if you are looking forward to your family vacation to spend time with your family, you can do virtual hangouts and simply get together at home.

I hope these tips will help you cope with the new normal and keep you happier and calmer during this crisis.

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