Yet it is during the times of crisis and uncertainty that our mental strength is put to the test.
With the presence of the pandemic, economical distress and health threat still at large as we try to resume a life of normalcy, many of us (some even for the first time) are learning to draw upon our inner resiliency and willpower like never before.
“Mental strength will be the biggest key to success in post COVID19 outbreak era.”
― Abhishek Ratna, Author of small wins BIG SUCCESS
As we wait out this tumultuous period, protecting our mental health from getting overwhelmed and over focused on all things negative should be a key focus in our plans of coping with the new reality.
Keep in mind the following strategies that might aid you in becoming comfortable with uncertainty and variables beyond your control, AND help foster your loved ones — and your community —into someone much stronger.
1. Stick to your old routines (as much as possible)
The pandemic has forced each of us to change and altered the way we live our daily lives…but that doesn’t mean we should allow it to change everything.
Try sticking close to your normal routine by maintaining some semblance of structure from your pre-quarantine days. During a period of constant change, having some sort of familiarity in your daily activities can make life feel more manageable.
2. Take time to reflect on your own feelings
Limited contact, isolations and working from home can be a dreadful experience, but there’s a silver lining: It offers you the space and opportunity to focus on yourself.
Don’t judge or be ashamed of your feelings. Acknowledge and accept all the emotions you’re feeling as you go through this time. Understand that it’s okay to feel fear, sadness, frustration, confusion, loneliness or guilt.
3. Go outside
Just because we’ve been advised to stay in as much as possible, it doesn’t mean we need to be imprisoned in our homes.
Avoid ‘cabin fever’ by heading out for a walk or to the closest green space in your area. Nature has long been acknowledged as a great contributor emotional, mental and physical well-being.
4. Focus only on things you can control
With so much uncertainty in the air, it’s essential to accept that there’s not much you have control of.
Sometimes looking only at the big picture will get you nowhere so at such times, it’s important to focus on what you can do on your own that’s in line with being progressive within the situation you’re in.
Right now, it’s ensuring the safety of yourself and of those around you with steps such as i) washing your hands often, ii) avoid any non-essential travel and iii) keeping your immune system strong by maintaining a healthy diet with exercise and adequate amount of sleep.