A Guide for Coping with COVID-19 Stress
Let’s Talk About COVID-19
It is no secret that the entire world is currently off balance due to COVID-19. This sickness has taken the world by storm and brought stress for many people across the globe. From working from home, kids running around all day, and the cancellation of all social events, COVID-19 has quickly changed the lives of everybody. Being stressed is a natural reaction for anyone. When facing difficult situations and with the uncertainty, this pandemic has created, a substantial amount of unrest has been added to everyday stress.
This virus is an unprecedented situation, and the health of you and your loved ones is a top priority. During this time, we must all take the necessary precautions and follow the instructions of the authorities. It is essential to practice proper handwashing, disinfecting, and above all else, social distancing to help flatten the curve and reduce the spread of the virus. Being stuck in your house all day isn’t always easy and can be tough on your mental health. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways that can take your mind off of the craziness and help you cope with the added stress during this time.
Staying in Contact During Social Distancing
People everywhere are practicing social distancing to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While this may be easy for some, it can be a difficult task for those social butterflies who survive on socializing with others. Many people are separated from loved ones. Some are even unable to visit their parents because they’re at a higher risk for contracting the virus. Others who are in a period of isolation after returning from a trip. Being separated from loved ones during this time can add an overwhelming amount of stress to everything else going on around you.
As humans, we require social contact with others to stay happy and healthy. Still, during these unusual times, it isn’t a feasible option. Fortunately for us, we live in a digital world with a variety of different options available to help keep us connected. Many tools can also be used to keep connected with friends, family members, and other social groups.
How You Can Stay Connected
Teleconferencing programs like Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Skype, and Zoom are simple to use. They can host large numbers of people in one call. The best part is that all of these options offer a free version, which is sure to meet your social distancing needs. Having these tools at your disposal provides an array of options for staying in contact, which could include:
- Having a morning coffee with friends
- Joining a movie viewing party
- Meeting over lunch with colleagues
With many companies releasing new features, it is apparent big tech brands are working hard to find isolation focused services. For example, Facebook just released Kid Messenger, and Netflix’s Viewing Party has helped people enjoy binge-watching the latest season of Ozark with their friends.
Okay, this next part is going to sound weird. However, it seems like socialization has become even more accessible than ever in the wake of social distancing. Having these different options available to us are a perfect way of staying in contact and can help decrease the stress of being separated. Sometimes all we need is to have a conversation with a friendly face to relieve stress. We recommend reaching out to those in your circle and scheduling a video chat. You may be pleasantly surprised how much it helps cope with the uncertainty. You may even find that this distance is bringing people together in a lot of ways.
The Perfect Time to Do Something for You!
Many of us suddenly have a lot of time on our hands because of COVID-19 and social distancing measures. It can be challenging to fight off boredom, which could lead to overthinking and an increase in anxiety or stress. With all this newfound free time, what better way to cope with the stress and minimize the boredom than to do something for you! Maybe you have always wanted to learn to play guitar or get that professional certification that you haven’t had time for. This is the perfect time for you to pursue those things and do something for yourself.
Focus on Personal Growth
It is essential for personal growth that we are challenging ourselves and taking on new experiences. The problem is that many of us just do not have the time to dedicate to taking on new learning experiences. Between work, family, exercise, and other priorities, the fact is that we don’t have a lot of extra time to dedicate to other activities. In fact, according to a recent study, the average person has less than 40 hours of free time in a 168-hour week. The average person just does not have the time to dedicate to acquiring a new skill or experience.
With all non-essentials currently closed and much of the population now working from home, there is a lot of free time to be filled. Believe it or not, fending off the boredom can be fun. You could learn how to play an instrument, study a new language, take a free online education course, or even learn to make a delicious original recipe. The possibilities are endless. For all we know, you may never have this much free time again. Why not use this opportunity to have some fun, learn something new, and help cope with the stress of these crazy times.
Distancing Yourself from COVID-19 Negativity
COVID-19 has turned the world upside down and has added a substantial amount of stress on people. People are worried and scared of this virus, yet modern media has unsurprisingly been a significant contributor. It is no secret that these are dark times, and sad things are going on around us. Still, the media has not been kind in offering any optimism for the future. Whether you are scrolling social media, watching TV, or listening to the radio, everywhere you go people are talking about the virus. The media is consistently updating us on the number of infections and present risk, which is only adding to the stress of the entire situation.
In times like this, where stress is substantially high, sometimes you have to decide to distance yourself from the negativity. This could mean staying off social media, limiting your time watching television, or even choosing not to discuss the topic. Not exposing yourself to all of the negativity regarding the virus can help minimize your stress and anxiety. As Dan Zadra once said: “Worry and negativity are a misuse of your imagination.”
It’s good to stay educated and understand what is happening around you. However, focusing on the negative attributes will only bring you down and further increase the stress on you and your family, taking priority over the things that truly matter.
People are going to be negative and gloomy during stressful times like this, but it doesn’t mean you have to be too. By being happy and optimistic, not only will you lower your anxiety, but you can also help limit others’ stress too. When people are surrounded by darkness, sometimes all they need is a beacon of light, a little ray of sunshine. You can be that person. Choose to distance yourself from all the negativity during this time and stay optimistic about the future.
Just Try to Have Some Fun!
Stress is high, times are tough, and the future of COVID-19 is still very uncertain. During these times, the only thing you can do is try to have some fun. You must find your own way of reducing your stress and anxiety while this is happening. This could include staying social, working on yourself, and, distancing yourself from the negativity. Numerous things can help distract you and ease the stress. Blast some music, do some yoga or rearrange your furniture. Whatever will help you to cope with the stress caused by COVID-19. Above all, practice social distancing, ensure that you use proper handwashing procedures. Focus on keeping occupied to help minimize your stress during this time.
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