As the world faces an unanticipated situation, it is essential to take care of your mental health and emotional wellbeing. The global pandemic has caused a lot of stress, anxiety, and fear in people as most of the countries are in a lockdown situation. While it is a great challenge to accept the reality of coronavirus, it also provides us an opportunity to change our perspective on our everyday lives.
There are a number of ways through which you can maintain a positive mindset in this global emergency.
We have been forced to distance ourselves from the outside world. It is, no doubt, an unusual situation but it can be made productive. You can always look at the brighter side of distancing yourself from the outside world and get to explore yourself. Practice the things that you wanted to but never had the time to; use your time and energy to bring out the best in you despite the isolation.
Be creative and think of healthy ways to spend your day. You can focus on a healthy lifestyle, meditation, connecting with the kids, ways to improve your business, etc. These are ways to indulge yourself in activities that can benefit you in the long run.
Develop a new habit
What is the habit you’ve been long planning to develop? Was it to spend time with family? Try a new recipe? Gardening? Reading more books? Now is the perfect time to practice developing healthy and beneficial habits. You can identify the habits you want to adopt and start setting short-term goals. You can take inspiration from the following activities:
- Write a journal
- Paint a pot
- Start exercising, etc.
Work on relationships
With our daily routines and busy work schedules, we often tend to ignore our relationships. Too often we take our most precious relationships for granted simply because we’re too busy doing “more important” things. Now is the perfect time to reconnect with your family and loved ones:
- Make food for your friends/ family
- Spend time reading books with your children
- Give your cousin/friend a phone call
- Video call your grandparents
- Reach out to your neighbors
- Spend time with family and ask them if they need any help
Simply talking to your family or friends can help you cope up with the situation. When you listen to your friends or talk about your emotions, it provides an opportunity to ease yourself and let out your anxiety and fears.
It is important to keep yourself busy, as staying idle can allow those negative emotions to take over. Indulge yourself in activities to stay active and lend a helping hand to others. This will also make you feel happy and satisfied. Help around the house in everyday chores such as washing, cleaning, etc. It is also important to remember your friends and distant family in this crisis situation, and be of help to them as well if needed.
Focus on your health
Most of the people are able to pay extra attention to their health when they have a schedule to follow. Thus, now is the perfect time to take care of your health and focus on important matters that you had been avoiding. Follow natural remedies and take healthy food and analyze its impact on your health.
- Develop a habit of taking vitamin supplements
- Stay hydrated
- Eat fresh and reduce junk food
- Develop a habit of proper meals/ breakfast
- Explore healthy food options
As you are staying indoors, it is very likely that your physical activity has been restricted. However, that does not mean you cannot do anything about it. There are hundreds of tutorials and videos available online that you can follow daily and exercise. Exercising has a great impact on both your mental as well as physical health. Exercising can improve your blood circulation and help combat negativity as well.
Learn a new skill
When was the last time you learned a new skill? Perhaps now is the perfect time to do so. A lot of times we say “if I had time, I would learn this or that”. Now you do have the time so better utilize it for the good. Take a course online or simply search and practice the skills that you always wished to. Some of the options can be:
- Graphics/ Video editing
- Web designing
No matter what happens, don’t lose hope. This is a critical time around the globe, but we are all in this together and this too shall pass. We just need to have faith and keep supporting each other in this tough time of global crisis.