With a pandemic, there is a change that your country decides to go in lockdown. This means that everyone needs to avoid any unnecessary contact with others and need to stay at home. With those big measures, many people get stressed or even depressed because they either do not know what to do and do not know what the future brings them. Besides that people are also concerned about getting infected by the pandemic. This article will provide you with 10 ways to stay calm an positive in pandemic.
10. Stick to a routine
During a pandemic it is important to stick to your schedule. Especially if you work from home, it is essential to wake up at the same time you always do, take a shower and a breakfast and start your day of work. Sticking to a routine will help your body stay calm.
09. Try mindfulness
Uncertainty about the future causes stress by many people. Therefore mindfulness exercises or meditation might be helpful to reduce stress. Your instinct may tend to distract yourself from your stress and anxiety but studies proof that this will not be a solution and your anxiety and stress problems will get worse.
08. Remember you are not alone
Being alone is a well known problem but gets bigger in times of a pandemic. It might be hard but you have to remember that you are not alone. Everyone around you got the same struggle and we need each other more than ever.To stay connected with family and friends through (video)calling and texting can help you feel less alone. Having people around you that you love, will help you to stay calm and positive in pandemic.
07. Start reading
Reading is renowned as a very relaxed activity. While reading you forget all the problems going on in life for a second. This is why reading is a nice thing to do during the times of a pandemic since you probably have a lot of spare time.
06. Prepare astock of necessary items
To prepare yourself with a stock of necessary items will help your mind to stay calm since you will be prepared for the worst case scenario. Nevertheless, it is not the intention to stress out and buy 100 rolls of toilet paper. Just buy in normal proportions and take into account that other people who work in medical care also can buy these necessary goods after their long and intense day of work.
05. Limit your intake
You could watch 24-hour news channels, listen to warnings on the radio, or read countless articles and updates on the internet. Instead, choosing a single news source and just check it twice or three times each day will be more than enough.
04. Look out for others
You may be at low risk of getting infected by the virus, but it may not be the same for your parents or neighbors. Keeping an eye out and help them where needed will not only help them but will also give you a satisfying feeling. You will stay calm and positive in pandemic when you look out for others.
03. Be kind
During this epidemic, one of the most important things you can do is be kind to others. Be kind to every race, religion, and gender. This is not the time to point fingers or be rude. We need to come together and need everyone more than ever to fight against the pandemic. With being kind to people around you, you will instantly feel calm and happy.
02. Take a daily inventory
Start and end every day with something positive you accomplished, learned or are grateful for. It will help reduce the level of negativity and remind you that not everything that is happening right now is bad or depressing. Try to focus on the good things in life, especially now!
01. Take advantage of the found time
With this pandemic happening right now, many people work from home or even cannot work because they work at a restaurant or store. Those people have more spare time now than ever before. This give you the opportunity to focus on some things that you find interesting but never had the time to explore. Use the found time you got in the best possible way you can to make yourself a better person.