It’s been a strange and challenging year for everyone. It is more important now than ever that we show kindness and compassion to everyone we encounter. It’s important we support each other and show that we are here for each other. This year’s coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone in different ways, some worse than others.
For many of us it has meant we have to adjust to a new way of living completely. Perhaps the most frustrating thing for all of us is that so many aspects of our lives suddenly feel so out of our control. The future is more uncertain than ever and there’s a lot constantly changing around us.
For me, I have been really trying to count my blessings during this time. I am now more grateful than ever to have a happy and safe home, to have my health, and for the people I love and care for to have their health, and for my work (so far) to be adaptive around the new rules and procedures toward a safer world for all of us i can only hope the same for everybody else reading this.
In order to spread some compassion and support others, I thought I would include a little advice section in this blog of my top tips on how to stay happy, healthy, productive in life during a pandemic.
1. Don’t overwhelm yourself with reading the news too often.
There is only so much you as an individual can do. Reading the news too often can often lead to an overwhelm of negative information and leave you feeling deflated and hopeless. Remember to stay informed, but excessive checking of statistics or new rules can be tiresome and doesn’t do anyone any good.
2. Don’t stress over what you can’t control.
The level of uncertainty in our near future is creating so much anxiety and worry in everyone around the world at the moment. When this pandemic first started, Everybody was feeling huge levels of anxiety about the future, our health, our jobs, etc. And since then more and more events have happened causing further distress that overall. I have found the best way to deal with it is complain less about all the new rules. There’s nothing I can do about it so there’s no point in us kicking up a fuss. I personally am trying to do whatever I can to keep myself and everyone I care about safe and healthy.
3. Treat your body well.
Make self-care your absolute priority and recognize what you personally need to work on. Whether this is getting outside for some fresh air or exercise more often, treating your skin better, drinking more water, eating healthier, meditating, writing a journal to keep your head clear – all of this will help keep your mind and body stimulated, calm, and all round feeling good.
When working and studying from home I would really recommend waking up at a reasonable time every morning and getting dressed and ready for the day as usual, even if you don’t have to leave the house. This will make you feel so much more productive than sulking in your loungewear all day. I find even doing makeup and/or hair nicely sometimes boosts my confidence, which makes me feel good, and makes me more inspired for the day ahead of me.
If you’re feeling down or anxious at this time, remember you are not alone and we are all in this together. I hope that you are all staying well and safe. If you have any tips to add to this list feel free to send them us at firstname.lastname@example.org