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Tips to Keep Your Sanity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During difficult times like this novel coronavirus pandemic, it can be hard to stay strong and active. The end of the crisis may still be a long way off and we cannot help but worry and be scared about the future.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

During difficult times like this novel coronavirus pandemic, it can be hard to stay strong and active. The end of the crisis may still be a long way off and we cannot help but worry and be scared about the future. As we manage our lives, we encounter new uncertainties daily. The COVID-19 appears to be the racing thought at the back of our minds, ruining our plans and routines. But don't worry, these are normal responses during a crisis. It's okay to be scared, to be anxious, and to get stressed. Here are a few things that can help you keep safe and keep sane during the pandemic.

Realize how serious the situation is.

Treating the crisis with the utmost seriousness can help you be more careful and practice the safety measures more. Keep your social distance, avoid traveling if not important, wash your hands properly and frequently, and always disinfect your home and gadgets. By realizing how serious the pandemic is, your mind will be more prepared for what will happen next, especially now that we are dealing with the uncertainty about the future.

Make plans.

It is important to plan what you can. It may be a trip to your parents' house or a visit to relatives, the meals you are going to eat at home for the next week, or the activities that you need to accomplish such as cleaning your house. You can make a schedule of your other activities too such as working out, quality time with your kids or pets, cooking meals, and others. Planning things that are unlikely to be affected by the current circumstances can reduce our fears and worries.

Practice gratitude.

Be grateful for the good things that you have and the nice things that happen to you every day. It will help you forget about some negative things that happened or are happening. Expressing thanks quells negativity. Always be grateful that we have an amazing public health service and health care workers who work very hard to keep all of us safe. Be grateful for all our front-line and back-line workers.

Invest in your health.

Pandemic or not, you should always take care of yourself and your overall health. Aside from protecting us against the virus, keeping a healthy body is also important when we are mentally assaulted with fears, worries, and uncertainty about the future. Eat less sugar and salt, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, take vitamins, eat healthy food, and limit your screen time are only some of the basics in maintaining a healthy body and mind. Going out for a walk for at least an hour per day is proven to lift your mood and spirit.

As much as possible, try not to be negative.

I know it is difficult to put a smile on your face and only think positively at a time like this pandemic, but sometimes our thoughts create our feelings, so make sure to avoid negative thoughts. Ask yourself if you are experiencing a reasonable level of anxiety, loneliness, or fear, or you are just increasing those feelings by the way you are thinking.

Connect with loved ones.

You don't need to go outside your living space and increase your risk of catching the virus just to see and connect with your family and friends. You can stay connected with your loved ones through a video call. You can chat and call them on Facebook Messenger, Viber, Zoom, and Skype. Catch up with friends, check on elderly parents and relatives to make them feel loved and cared for.


Keep yourself busy to avoid clouding your mind with negative thoughts. You can declutter a closet, organize files in your drawer, redecorate your bedroom or your living room, or organize your kitchen. Organizing things at home can provide you a little sense of control.

Don't hesitate to reach out for help.

If you or your loved ones are currently undergoing periods of anxiety, stress, depression, and panic, don't hesitate to try online counseling services. Stress can lessen your body's immune system so it should be taken seriously.

It is possible to forget about our mental health with our busy daily routines, but keep in mind that addressing our mental health can affect our well-being and the people around us.