Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, all of us have been put into situations we’ve never had to deal with before. Being quarantined to our homes, ruined plans, isolation, lack of supplies and looming uncertainty has finally gotten to most of us. This negativity can cause those with existing anxiety and depression to spiral out of control. With some positive pointers, you can combat the negativity during this difficult time and stay at peace with your mental health.
- Rethink “I am stuck inside”
Part of staying happy is a positive mindset. Look at the things you cannot control in a different light. Instead of thinking that you’re stuck in your home, think of it as time given to you to focus on your home and self. Even doing one productive task a day can help maintain a positive attitude. Reorganize a closet you’ve put off for the past year or create an art project you deemed you never had the time for. Use this opportunity to slow down and focus on your own needs.
- Keep a routine
Though we all have new-found free time, it’s easy to fall into a lethargic lifestyle and live in a depressive mood. Try and keep the old schedule you used to follow, but if that’s not possible, make a new one! Wake up and go to bed at the same time, exercise, eat meals and get dressed instead of spending the days in your pajamas. Also make time daily to talk to your friends or loved ones to feel some normalcy. Not only will sticking to a routine keep you active and less likely to spiral, it will be easier to readjust to the outside world when it’s time to get back to work.
- Limit news coverage
It’s important to stay informed during the pandemic, but too much bad news can awaken the worry you’ve worked so hard to keep at bay. Stick to credible websites, like the CDC, for information, or watch local coverage of the virus to keep your mind focused on yourself and where you live. Remember, use this opportunity to better yourself, so it’s okay to act selfishly during this time. You are in isolation with yourself, so it’s best to spend all the time and energy that you usually spend on others on yourself.