Stay Calm and Carry on During COVID-19
Anxiety and fear have been heightened during COVID-19. If you are prone to feeling overwhelmed and out of control due to stress, there are ways to think positive, gain control of your emotions, and refocus your fear to do something constructive during this pandemic.
Here are ways to stay calm and take control of your emotions:
Refocus Your Worries – Now is a great time to learn something new or take up a new hobby. You now have time to do relaxing things:
- Learn that instrument you always wanted to learn
- Cook and experiment with new recipes
- Master a videogame or finish a puzzle
- Learn a foreign language
- Walk, ride bikes, and exercise more
- Take up art or photography
- Organize crafting projects with your kids
Stay Home and Social Distance – The best way to suffocate the pandemic and stop it from spreading is by staying home as much as possible, staying away from others, and social distancing yourself. If you aren’t exposed to it, you won’t get it.
Get Outside and Connect with Nature – Being inside all the time can wear on you after a few days. Being removed from greenery, wildlife, and not feeling the sun on your face is depressing. Take a walk in the woods or in a park. Getting a dose of UV light may help to boost your immunity and it will lift your spirit.
Think of Creative Ways to Stay Connected – You may be upset because you aren’t allowed to see or hug your parents in person because you don’t want to expose them to the virus. You can still mail care packages to them. You can also visit them, just don’t go inside their house. Hold up signs in their window so they can look out and see you or call them while standing outside of their window to talk “face to face,” only with a piece of glass between you. Video chat with loved ones using Facetime, Zoom, or Skype. The options to stay connected are only limited by your imagination.
Surround Yourself with Positive News – Turn off the news and put down your phone, unless it’s used to call or text a loved one. Stay away from clickbait news sources meant to cause hysteria or spread bad news. If you want to keep abreast with news, read inspiring articles about COVID-19 survivors and people helping people.
Keep Updated and Informed – Go right to the source of COVID-19 information by visiting the CDC’s website. It has statistics and other information to help you steer clear of the virus and to make informed decisions.