Feel like you’ve been riding a rollercoaster since the coronavirus arrived in 2020?
For most of us, the pandemic has been something we have never experienced before. The coronavirus has turned life upside down for those who have not been directly affected, and worse for those who have. Our normal routines and way of living has changed and become unrecognisable in many ways.
Public health actions, including social distancing, health safety measures, closure of business, parks and even beaches have caused fear and anxiety for many of us.
We have had a lot of unknowns to deal with and many of them are out of our hands, causing us a sense of powerlessness to deal with them. Economic insecurity, inability to go to a gym and exercise as well as changes to the fabric of normal life in America.
Are you always afraid now?
If you answered yes, then know that you are not alone. We are surrounded by uncertainty – about the future and about our health and wellbeing.
As human beings, we need to feel some sense of certainty and a normal way of life. We want to feel safe. It is also very important for humans to have some sense of control of their lives, health, and overall wellness. Of course, uncertainty about the future and fear can lead to anxiety, stress feelings of powerlessness.
Key Ways To Protect Your Sanity
Uncertainty is an unavoidable part of life. Life changes in an instant. That can be extremely difficult to get your head around and accept. Anxiety is normal at this time. Worry that life may not ever go back to the way it was pre-pandemic. The truth is who knows. Check out these tips to stay positive and cope.
What Is Good?
It’s not the bright side but the good stuff. No matter how small. Time with family or pets. Maybe it’s time to relax, or work on an art project, or write a book.
Finding gratitude for anything you have in your life is key. Gratitude promotes mental health and a more positive outlook in general which is amazing for your mental health.
Set A Schedule
So, your daily routine was lost months ago. So, let’s take a minute and make a new one. Grab a calendar or a notebook. Use your phone if you have to. Create a schedule for yourself.
This can be for work, school, or personal projects. Having a structure to your day helps you have meaning, purpose, and encourages productivity. This can bring peace and structure to your life.
Connect with friends and family using technology. Social media, video conferencing and phone calls will help you stay connected to people you care about. Social isolation is avoidable by reaching out.
Connecting with friends can help take the fear out of the pandemic, or at least reduce it. Reach out to them rather than sitting waiting for them to call you.
Self-Care Tips To Fight Fear During The Pandemic
- Meditate or do yoga
- Take a hot bath to relax
- Journaling – Writing out your feelings is a great outlet.
- Go on a hike or get some fresh air.
- Spirituality Practices
- Listen to calming music
- Avoid too much time front the screen listening to negative news stories.
You are the captain of your life. Implement fear busting habits. The pandemic life is scary for everyone, but keep in mind that you are not alone and there is a lot of support out there for you to take advantage of.
Staying healthy, optimistic, and taking care of yourself are keys to healthy well-being.
Seek out and create a life filled with balance and good health. Using some of these practices will help you develop techniques to combat fear and improve your overall health. You can avoid being afraid all the time during the pandemic.
And remember, there is help available for you if you need it. Just talking with someone can be reassuring and can go a long way to reducing your anxiety. You can schedule a free clarity call with Ally right here – take the first step towards getting your life back on track:)