Let’s face it! We’re living uncertain times! One day we were living our lives and just hearing the word “Coronavirus” like it was something we'd never had to experience and the next day, quarantine, social distancing, and isolation were all over the news. It was unexpected and life-changing.
We were used to going out, going to work, going to the park or the beach and going out for food with family and friends, and now most of these places are closed and if they are open, you’ll need to keep safety restrictions.
Because of this situation, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or even depressed. That’s why now, more than ever, you need to do things that help you deal with all the negative thoughts and sensations. Do more of whatever brings you joy.
Here are some tips, activities, and ideas you can do in order to keep yourself calmed and happy during these uncertain times:
1- Make a plan
Staying at home doesn’t mean staying in bed all day. Instead, use this time to do things you don’t normally do because of time, traffic, work, etc. and why not, trying something new? Organize a virtual game night, learn to cook or bake something new, plan an at-home date night for example.
We also suggest making a to-do list for the next day every time you go to bed and at the end of the day, checking all the activities you did. It’s really satisfying when you feel productive and you feel like you’ve accomplished something every day.
2- Be careful with social media
It’s normal to be more connected than ever these days. You’re always refreshing Instagram, binge-watching TikTok, and probably swiping on dating apps if you’re single. Sometimes, consuming all this content can make you feel like you are not enough or not doing enough, even though all of us are at home. If you find yourself comparing with people you see online, stop, take a break, and leave your phone alone for a while.
3- Have a self-care routine
Once a day, do something that YOU enjoy. Weather is watching your favorite show, reading a chapter of a book, listening to a podcast, or taking a long bubble bath with candles. It’s up to you, but make sure it’s something you enjoy and you can do by yourself!
Make sure you find an appropriate time you can do it, so no one can interrupt you and you can get the most of your “Me” time.
4- Give Back
If you want to feel instantly better, help someone in need. There are a lot of ways you can help in these difficult times, by donating funds, sending food, or by small things like checking in to someone you know is going through a hard time.
Helping others feel good will make you feel good, besides you’re making a positive impact on someone else’s life.
Everyone’s sleep schedule is messed up. That includes waking up super early, going to bed late, or just not being able to have a peaceful rest. In order to get it and giving your body enough rest, make sure to relax and prepare at least 30 minutes before going to bed, so your brain can enter on “sleep mode”.
Hope these simple steps help you find joy in these scary times.
by: Mimi Alas