Updated: Aug 10, 2020
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Sometimes we find ourselves in the same situation as another person, and we feel the same emotion. But how often do we find ourselves feeling the same emotion which the WHOLE WORLD is going through?
Quarantine, self-isolation, lockdown, no matter what we call it – this situation has made us come to a standstill and a lot of us don’t know how to deal with it.
Some of us are artists, freelancers, entrepreneurs, 9-5 working class, or just the people who do daily earning jobs and make their money. No matter what our job,no matter what our post – we’re all in the same situation.
Some of us are enjoying this period as a holiday, some of us are waiting for it to end. We’re picking up hobbies we had given up; we’re spending time with our families that we had forgotten to do. This period is giving us time to think and feel.
No doubt that we’re reconnecting with our families and friends this time, but it surely is a hard time for us all. It’s hard for us physically because we’re unable to go and see the outside world, and emotionally because some of us don’t know how to deal with it.
Last night I saw a video post by @anishadixit in which she talks about this topic and it made me realise how important it is to address this issue.
I may not be a professional help to resolve the issues for you, but I can share some helpful advice which may help us overcome it – or at least be a start.
Disclaimer: This topic is quite personal to me, something which I have experienced myself. I’m away from my hometown in this situation, no family around. I do have friends which are more of family to me, but I cannot meet them.
Here are a couple of steps which I’m following to combat my anxiety, loneliness and boredom. Again, being a working professional in a 9-5 job, sitting at home for the longest time is not what I’m okay with.
Isolate yourself from the constant news of the virus. We already know what we need to know, checking on the news or your social sites to see the stats and situation is essential once in a day – but looking for additional information on the internet will only get you more panicked and weaken your mental state.
Talk to your family and friends about whatever it is you’re feeling. Do not keep it bottled up. Be it your stress about how you’ll get back to work, or be it how you’ll manage to stay without seeing your family for so long. Talking out about your feelings will help.
Video call your family and friends, it will cheer you up and your loved ones.
Avoid sending messages that could put someone else in a panic situation. Know who you can send which message to. Not everyone has the same mental strength as you.
Listen to music that can keep you calm. Look for board games to entertain yourself and others at home, share stories and future plans with your loved ones. Develop hobbies which you have always planned to.
Try and meditate. It helps in reducing anxiety as well as helps build up mental peace. It may not work at first or immediately, but develop the habit.
Since doing a physical activity outside the house is not possible, do some fun workouts at home. Watch Youtube videos or try Zumba/Bhangra/Bollywood, take up a fitness challenge, start with basic spot jogging if you have to.
Divert your mind by watching funny videos, movies that you’ve always wanted to watch but never got the time, or start with cooking.
Keep yourselves busy, don’t get yourself too lazy!
I believe that our positive mood will help us in protecting our immune system, while negative thoughts have been shown to depress our immune system.
Most importantly, keep patience and believe that this too shall pass and we’ll come out of it stronger.
We’re all in this together. Leave a comment if you feel that I’ve missed out on any important points to combat this issue.
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