Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there is a lot of fear, panic and anxiety that’s spread twice as fast as the virus. People are scared, not knowing how to deal with the news that just keeps blowing up with how the virus is spreading like wildfire and there is no cure for it yet. Staying locked up inside homes is how the world is trying to contain the spread of this virus as scientists and the medical fraternity work on a cure.
We are all indoors for over two weeks, three weeks and even more than a month now for some countries. There is a lot of stress that comes with the helplessness of being locked in, not being able to do what we all do on a normal basis and it is essential that we take care of our emotional and mental health.
The world we are living in right now is scary and can get to us if we do not take care of ourselves, both physically and mentally. So here are some ways we can deal with the stress that comes with living in the time of COVID-19 –
- Plug yourself with community
If you are with family right now, that’s great. Spend time with them, and find creative ways to do it – play games, cook together, watch movies together, etc. If you are not with family or roommates and live by yourself, then take the time to make phone calls and video calls to stay connected. It is important that you are connected with loved ones during this time to have comfort and positivity around you.
- Have a routine that boosts self-care
Each of us has certain things that help calm us down when in stress. What are some things that soothe you? It could be a bubble bath, drawing, painting, reading a book, trying new recipes, working out to your favorite music, etc. Whatever it is, prioritize it for each day. Even if for a little while, do it. It will help you feel better and strengthen your emotional and mental health.
- Relax with some entertainment – that is what it’s there for!
Netflix and chill could be just what you need! Now don’t go and start binge-watching. Have a balance but go ahead and watch something. Something funny, maybe. Humour has a great way of reducing stress. You can even play online games with your friends. They can prove to be great alleviators of stress too!
Lastly, but most importantly, have HOPE. Amidst the social distancing and isolation, the hardships and suffering, fear and panic, there is hope. The hope that we are all in this together and we will get through this together. So, hold onto that glimmer of hope, and speak live with it to those around you. Because we all could use some of that right now.