Many people have lost their health and lives all over the world due to Covid19. Additionally, mental and emotional strain are becoming commonplace, as we all try to find our new normal. Mandatory lockdowns, isolation, and financial stress have all contributed to soaring cases of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.
If you’re struggling or know someone who is, know that you are not alone. Though isolation is the current norm for much of the world, there are still ways to reach out for help and emotional support. In addition to staying connected any way you can, here are some simple tips for keeping peace of mind during the pandemic.
Build a Sensible Backstock of Essentials
Because the virus took the world by storm so quickly, we have, in some cases, panicked and created more issues by doing so. This has been largely seen in purchases of essential items. Although this kind of panic is understandable, it’s important to stay calm and build a sensible supply of essentials without going overboard. Believe me, I have nothing against prepping for emergencies.
If you want to prep for emergencies, I recommend making a list of everything you need, as well as anything you want to backstock. Build your pantry a little at a time, so you don’t get too much at once. Also, consider your full pantry as a source of helping others in your neighborhood and extended family if needed. Having an extra few weeks or so of food and supplies will help give you peace of mind should things go crazy again.
Do What You Can to Protect Yourself
This goes without saying, but it’s important to do what you can to protect yourself and your family. Though the topic of wearing masks is a hot one at the moment, I believe that we owe it to yourselves and others to take any measure we can to minimize the spread of the virus. Consider that, if covering our mouth and nose doesn’t stop a transfer, then why have hospital workers and surgeons always worn masks and PPE gear? Yes, there are many reasons, one being to protect patients, as well as themselves from harmful pathogens.
Additionally, don’t mix with large crowds, or come in contact with others unnecessarily. Doing these simple things can help you stay safer while easing your mind that you’ve done everything you can to prevent the spread. I know we’ve heard all of these things from nearly every source, however, some people have stopped trying altogether, as they’ve become numb to safety protocols and hearing about the dangers of the virus. Unfortunately, this has left a hole in the safety protocols, leaving more people vulnerable. Don’t be that person…
Be Grateful and Consider What’s Good in Your Life
Dwelling on the discomfort of how things are now is understandable, however, it’s not serving us. There was a period when I was obsessed with the stats about the virus and other related news. That time period was dark and my mental and physical health was declining quickly. When I stopped obsessing and began to focus on the good things in my life, I felt relief and a calmness that I hadn’t since before it all started. I also began to purposefully give thanks for all things in my life.
Setting intentions for the future also helped me to look forward to my life in a positive way. I reminded myself of my dreams and goals that were a priority and set times to work on them. Additionally, I recommend staying active with hobbies or start a new one. Creativity is well known to produce feel-good chemicals and a sense of accomplishment. Remember, staying active and keeping up on fitness and health practices like meditation and yoga are all ways to stay balanced as well.
Keep In Touch with Friends and Family
Though you might not be able to visit right now, it’s still important to stay connected. Use video chat, social media, group text, or email to send fun messages to show you care. And, if you need support, ask for it. You may even find that some acquaintances have become better friends during this time.
Staying calm and at peace during challenging times isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible. It does take focus to shift your perspective and attitude, but doing so brings your mind back to positive thoughts. Do remember, this is a continual practice, not just something you do once and forget. Keep a journal of your feelings and goals, as this will help you to stay on track and know you are doing OK.