It has been a while since many began working from home; what started out as an interesting experiment has now become a norm and perhaps caused some of us more distress while adapting to being away from our daily activities, friends, colleagues, and, for some, their families.
The thought of relaxing may feel more difficult today than it was before our lives became overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic and all the changes it has brought. From routines, deadlines, and ways of life, for most of us, our day-to-day now probably looks nothing like it did a few weeks ago.
At times like this, you may find it harder to stay calm and grounded. But we’re here to share why that’s more important now than ever. And please, keep in mind that it is perfectly normal not to be feeling quite yourself right now. Be gentle with yourself during this challenging time. While we can’t do anything about external situations, we can manage our internal reactions. Here are some things you can do to keep grounded in the midst of uncertainty:
No. 1: Connect With Other People
This is the true test of using the Internet and social media mindfully. It’s more than possible to practice social distancing and still maintain relationships with friends and family. Try an online video chat on your computer or smartphone. If you feel comfortable sharing your stress with your loved ones, do so. It’s likely that someone else is probably feeling the same way, and talking about it may help you both.
No. 2: Stay active
When fitness centres everywhere are closed, don’t give up on your exercise routine. Taking care of your body helps you feel better mentally too. YouTube is a great source for free workout videos. All you need is some comfortable clothing and maybe a yoga mat. A brisk walk or jog outside is always a good idea, but remember to follow social distancing guidelines.
No. 3: Make Time to Unwind With Relaxing Activities
Read a book, listen to some music, or maybe now is the time to learn how to play an instrument or pick up a new language. Or, how about gardening, crafting, puzzles, or quiet reflection? Days filled with work and taking care of the kids and pets can take a toll both physically and mentally, so it’s extra important to set time aside to unwind with something you enjoy.
No. 4: Take Breaks
Turn off the noise—turn off the news—and don’t feel guilty about it. This includes taking a break from watching, reading, or listening to news stories—even on social media. While we want to stay informed, there is also a lot of misinformation out there. Social media can cause unnecessary—and avoidable—anxiety. If your life starts to feel like a record on repeat, give yourself permission to switch gears and focus on something completely different. Some may choose to ignore the pandemic news to reduce stress, while others feel more comfortable being fully informed.
No. 5: Understand What You Can and Can’t Control
In moments like these, much is out of our hands, and while that can be unsettling for some, we will get through it. Try to focus on acknowledging what you’re feeling and making the most of what you can control.
We can’t control the uncertainties out there, but we can surely take care of our mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Staying grounded and calm raises your immunity as well as your resilience. If you think you need someone to talk to, Aventis Counselling Clinic offers pro-bono counselling services by our Master Student Counsellors. Click here to find out more!
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