With the unfolding global corona virus pandemic leading to people being confined to their homes, borders being shut and economic instability, it can be hard not to feel overwhelmed by the state of the world at the moment. The good news? Even in times of stress and anxiety, you can take proactive steps to lift your mood. Although we’re not mental health experts, we rounded up some ways to stay positive during the coronavirus pandemic to help make these trying times just a bit more bearable.
Five practices have helped us maintain a positive outlook:
- Reach out to loved ones
Staying connected with friends and family is one of the most important ways to keep your mind in a positive space. Try throwing a Zoom game night with your friends or watch a movie with family on Netflix Party.
- Meditate or Pray
Spirituality and religiousness have been associated with better wellbeing, particularly because they give us a sense of purpose and meaning in life. Having a sense of purpose and meaning can also protect us against anxiety.
- Stick to a Routine
Although working from home and not going to hang out with friends, eat at restaurants, or go dancing might deviate from your usual schedule, finding a new routine with the current boundaries can be useful. Try to make your bed every day, wake up and go to bed at the same time, wear clothes that make you feel comfortable but productive. Figure out what feels right to you, and stick with it.
- Practice Gratitude
If you’re still able to purchase food, sleep in a safe place and feel healthy, make sure you take a few minutes each day to remind yourself how lucky you are. Focus on what you do have, rather than what you don’t.
- Get moving
Taking a leisurely walk around the estate while social distancing or doing an in-home yoga or cardio workout can be a great way to raise endorphin levels and get some fresh air. Take some time to enjoy nature or wear your favorite workout set.