During the first quarter of 2020, covid-19 started to spread. The number of people who got infected began to skyrocket. The unemployment rate increased. Small and large businesses were closed. Negative news circulated in the media.
Let’s be honest. It is hard to take care of our mental health. In my case, I suffered from anxiety when I lost my job. It turned into depression, especially when my parent got sick. It’s one of the challenging points in my life. But I tried to look at the brighter side of life, helping me recover from anxiety. Here are the other things I do to stay positive amidst the pandemic:
Limit the News to Watch
While it is good to stay informed, streaming news stories every day can be upsetting. The trick is to limit the news you watch, listen to, and read on different platforms. It is effective. Trust me! Alternatively, I listen to upbeat songs on Spotify and Apple Music. I watch documentaries, video tutorials, and music videos on YouTube. I also create some TikTok dances. But what I like the most is to binge-watch my favorite series and movies on Netflix. You can also do the same thing.
Focus on Physical Health
Usually, I went to the gym even before the pandemic. But since everyone is advised not to go out, my workout routine was affected, and I gained weight. It is incredibly alarming. I tried to go back in my usual form. I avoided my favorite chips. I started to cook and eat healthy meals. I changed my workout routine. I love aerobic and high-intensity interval training. It was nerve-wracking, but all my efforts paid off. I learned to use alcohol in moderation. More importantly, I got enough sleep, taking my productivity to the next level.
Talk to Family, Relatives, Friends, Colleagues, and Other People
Strict social distancing protocols have been implemented all over the world, making it hard to catch up to people dear to you. Typically, we go out with friends, but with the pandemic, our social life changed. Everything became available all over the internet. Thanks to messaging platforms, we can still reach out to our family, relatives, and close friends. Whatever you are going through, find time to talk to people. You can use slack, Facebook messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, Skype, Viber, Google Hangouts, Line, and even Twitter. If you do not have any of these applications on your phone, browse your contacts and give them a phone call. Hearing their voices should be more than enough to calm your nerves.
When the lockdown was implemented, negative thoughts began to rule my mind. Meditating helps me. I typically place my yoga mat beside the window in my living room, and it’s serene. I sit there for hours and think of nothing. It is relaxing. Sometimes, I play my favorite playlist, and it heals my mind and soul. For those who have not tried meditation, give it a try and see how it can help relieve your stress, reduce negative emotions, nourish creativity, and allow you to focus on the present, and make you more patient.
Find Your Interests
Binge-watching is my favorite hobby. But sitting on the couch for hours watching movies can be boring sometimes. So, I vary my daily schedule. In the morning, I cook. After taking breakfast, I exercise with my family, and it is fun. We also usually play basketball in the yard. More than the laughter, it is also a good full-body workout for everyone. In the afternoon, I enjoy reading novels, and it helps me relax, too. How about you? Find your interests, and do not be afraid to try something new. It is a great learning experience!
Take Breaks from Social Media
Nothing is better than staying in touch with people through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. But sometimes, the news we read on social media is misleading and upsetting. It is better to set limits and take a break from these platforms. Spend some quality time with your family instead. Be close to nature, and gardening is a new hobby you would enjoy for sure.
Above all, it is advisable to talk to a psychologist, counselor, or other people that can help.