While a global pandemic, COVID-19, is spreading across the globe, there is plenty to feel stressed about. To help you cope with the unavoidable stress during these times, here are some practical and helpful tips that anyone can follow.
1. News Isn’t Your Friend
We all want to be up to date about the current situation so that we can stay safe and informed. While it is good to keep up with the latest information during this tough time, don’t drown yourself in it. Watching the news too much isn’t a great idea.
It can be upsetting to hear about the pandemic repeatedly. Take a break from watching, reading or listening to the news, including social media platforms. Instead, take some time to pick up a book or read a blog that sparks joy in you.
2. Support Your Loved Ones
Some of us have already been away from our loved ones for weeks, and at this point, there isn’t a clear an end in sight. However, we all know that social distancing only goes so far in the digital age.
Thanks to the internet we can easily keep in touch with our friends and family, which can help in dealing with stress and prevent us from feeling lonely and isolated. It is essential to stay connected with one another through calls, e-mail, text, social media or even video chats. We are all going through this together, so remember to reach out to your loved ones.
Meditation can help you focus the mind on a particular object, activity or thought to achieve mental clarity, awareness and an emotionally calm and stable state. During times like this, it is necessary to take care of your mental health, and mediation is a sure way to reduce stress and shift your negative thoughts.
There are many different ways to meditate, and a variety of online resources available. You can use podcasts, videos, apps, breathing exercises, and more, so that you may easily try meditation from home.
4. Maintain a Healthy Sleeping Schedule
The changing environment may have created negative impacts on your sleeping patterns. Inadequate sleep can make you more stressed, so try to stick with your regular sleeping schedule. You should get a minimum of six hours each night.
Avoid stimulants like caffeine or alcohol before you go to sleep. If you’re feeling stressed in the evening, try developing a new pre-bedtime routine that includes a long bath or a cup of herbal tea. Look into other ways to boost your energy and fight fatigue during the day.
5. Catch Up With Yourself
In our usual daily routines, most of us don’t have enough “me-time.” When life moves fast, it can be easy to forget about self-care. Take advantage of this mandatory slow-down time. Get your life organized, pamper yourself, and do activities that make you happy.
Things that work for some, might not work for others. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. There are many methods for dealing with stress, so just find what works best for you.
Mariyam is a blogger and editor at The Beautyholic. Being a passionate writer, she’s been blogging since age 5.