21 Mar Top 6 tips on how to Remain Calm During this Pandemic
Panic leads to stress and stress can lead to a weakened immune system, and of course, a weakened immune system is less than ideal during this time since it can lessen our chance of fighting off viruses such as Covid-19. Needless to say, it is very important that we remain calm during these uncertain and trying times.
The following is a list of things that you can start doing right away to ease your mind and keep you and your family healthy:
1. Limit social media and avoid hysteria
My number one tip for remaining calm during this time would be to limit social media, especially when it comes to content regarding Covid-19. Rather, when you want an update, seek out reputable government news sources. It is no secret that we are officially not only dealing with a Pandemic, but we are also dealing with an “infodemic,” especially online and on social media. When we are constantly bombarded with “warnings” and “breaking news” of a negative nature, it is hard to remain calm and not become wrapped up in the hysteria. Being in a state of panic will not do any good for anyone. For us to be effective and productive, we absolutely need to remain in a calm state of mind and focus on what is most important. If you find your anxiety is running high, I would highly suggest limiting the amount of information you take in regarding the coronavirus, focusing only on the essential and necessary information needed to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
2. Be Proactive
Instead of panicking, be proactive!
You can alleviate stress and feel more relaxed simply by knowing that you have taken all necessary precautions to keep yourself and those around you safe. Here are a few ways we can help to reduce the likelihood or impact of the coronavirus:
- Wash your hands!!! This is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Use warm, soapy water and wash for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Never cough or sneeze into your hand or out in the open.
- Keep your work and living spaces clean and sanitized
- Practice social distancing
- Avoid contact with those who are sick. And if you are sick, keep to yourself. Do not go to work and self-quarantine if necessary. Better to be safe than sorry. This is not only about protecting yourself but also about protecting those around you.
- Make sure you are stocked up on any essentials, in case of immediate or unexpected quarantine. I’m not saying to go out and buy 10 packs of toilet paper people, I am talking canned and frozen food, one or maybe two packages of TP and any medication that you are currently prescribed.
- If possible, it is recommended that you avoid smoking
- Eat healthy/nutritious food and exercise.
- Take vitamins, oil of oregano, garlic and any other immune-boosting essentials you may have at home
- Stay hydrated. Water is an extremely important nutrient for immune function!
3. Try relaxation techniques
During these uncertain times, you may find your anxiety is running high. You may notice one, several or even all of the following:
- increased anxiety
- feeling stressed
- finding yourself excessively checking for symptoms, in yourself, or others
- becoming irritable more easily
- feeling unsettled
- fearing that normal aches and pains might be the virus
- having trouble sleeping
- feeling helpless
Don’t worry, these feelings are completely normal given the circumstances. But it is our responsibility to try and lower these feelings of anxiety and not to let our minds run wild.
Here are a few ways in which you can relax your mind and lower stress and anxiety:
- Deep breathing
- EFT tapping
- Hot bubble bath
- A nice walk in nature
- Get lost in a book
4. Practice Gratitude
This is something that we should be practicing daily (not only during difficult times,) but a gratitude practice can help now more than ever! Simply start your day off writing down all of the things you are grateful for your in your life. This is a great way to keep focused on the positive. It is also recommended to continue to remind yourself of what you are grateful for throughout the day. This is so simple yet so powerful.
5. Keep busy/Be productive
Keeping yourself physically and/or mentally busy, will surely help keep you from going stir crazy while stuck at home. Being stuck at home doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You can keep busy by doing things that you enjoy doing, or perhaps things you wouldn’t have time for otherwise.
The following are a list of ideas:
- work on any projects that you may have been putting off
- Start a new project
- Learn a new skill
- Start a hobby
- Do some baking
- Spend quality time with family
- Binge-watch your favorite show
- Read a book
- Watch podcasts
- Clean and organize your home
- Do anything that you enjoy doing
6. Reach out to loved ones
It is important to keep in touch with our friends and family, as they can be a great source of support during these difficult times. The following are different ways in which we can stay connected:
- video calls
- phone calls
- text messages
- and as a last resort – social media
Just remember, that you are not alone in this. Covid-19 is a global pandemic and most people’s lives will be affected in some way shape or form over the next few months. It is very important that we remain calm and in control. I am here to remind you that together, as a community, we will get through this!
As a wise man once said: “This to shall pass.”
Now that I’ve shared with you my top tips for remaining calm during this crazy time. I am curious to know how you and your family are coping? What are some of the things that you are doing right now to keep anxiety low? Please share in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!