COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous infections known to man. Many feel like it just jailed us in our homes and ceased the world of existence. But it is not the end of the world. There are ways you can conquer this isolation and turn it into the way you want.
There are various ways to deal with situations like these. It involves various physical and psychological behaviors. Below listed are a few:
Know that it is going to get better
One of the foremost things that can drive a person insane in situations like COVID-19 lockdown is the fear of the future. Fear that is the world going to get better or when is this thing going to end.
It is one thing that can ruin your day, happiness, and productivity. The world has been through a lot of such pandemics, and we have overcome them. In a few weeks or a few months, we will have better ways to handle or even treat the situation. COVID-19 is just another nightmare, and everything will get back to normal.
Plan Your Days and Environment
One way to stay productive and away from anxiety of COVID-19(1) is to plan most of the things that you can. Since you will be spending all your day at home, going without planning can keep things mundane.
Here, you can plan your day and make time for everything from work to entertainment.
Create a Working Environment
Some may be able to work in a relaxed mood by sitting on the couch or by sleeping on the bed. But, it may not be a thing for everyone. So, create a proper work environment by setting the table and keeping any distractions such as games or junk foods by the desk. Also, try as much as you can to avoid switching to any streaming channels or entertainments while you work.
Keep a healthy and delicious routine of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Eating the same food every day might be dull. Even if you have only a few options of raw vegetables or ingredients, try to cook varieties for which there are many cooking guides available online.
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Keep a strict schedule of working out for at least 30 minutes in a day or an alternate day. It can help in strengthening both physical and psychological levels.
Rewarding yourself is one of the best ways to keep yourself motivated all through(2). Reward when you clean your room or work on your projects.
Entertainment is one of the vital factors to keep your day going. Either it is movies, fun time with family members, or online games.
All these small fun activities or games can alleviate the stress and, at the same time, keep you more connected with your family members or friends.
Before stepping out of the home, question what is the need. Do not step out unless it is of high importance. If you still want to go out or someone in your home is stepping out, ask one question: why should somebody suffer because of me? How am I, or who are they to put someone’s life or family at risk?
Information is one of the prime ways we all learn about the things that are happening in society. TV, online & social media are the only ways we get our news. Whenever you read some NEWS, either it is on TV or online, add some filters before digesting it.
Just think for yourself how true could that be and how relevant is that to the current situation. When you are reading information online, either be forward from your friends or online publications, check if they have genuine or credible scientific sources.
Try and discuss with your family or friends on how they can prevent the spread or address any information that you think that they should learn.
COVID-19 is a tough period, not just for you, but for everyone around the globe. Fighting through this situation by staying at home and following the protocols is highly important. We might be bored or feel vulnerable from time to time, but know that this time is going to pass. Tell yourself that we are all going to see a day where we are just happy and living a peaceful life.