I didn’t really want to write about the pandemic but it doesn’t seem to be going away, and its starting to get on my nerves. Like it or not we all might need to learn how to cope with COVID-19.
Pandemics are stressful and the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID–19) is all the proof we need. Especially when “news” of the pandemic can spread faster than the disease itself!
In all honesty, watching the news is causing me to feel stressed more than the thought of catching Covid.
How To Cope With COVID-19
The COVID-19 is stressful for many people for many reasons. Fear and anxiety about a new disease, not working, or sick family members can be overwhelming. This can easily cause strong emotions in adults and children.
Wait a minute, that sounds like life BEFORE COVID! Regardless of why you might be feeling distressed here are a few things to consider for your own piece of mind:
Ask For Help
Sometimes I feel like don’t want to bother anybody (family) with my problems but seriously, if your thoughts or feelings impedes activities of your daily life for several days or a week or more, seek help from a clergy member, counselor, or healthcare provider.
Seeking help is the most important rule (and the one most hard to do)! Be realistic with yourself and if you, or someone you care about, is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or if you dark thoughts feel like you want to harm yourself or others, seek professional help.
Check in with your loved ones often. You never know, they may need to talk too and they may also be feeling lonely and isolated.
Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. A friend or neighbor might be happy to lend an ear.
Care For Yourself
It ain’t easy sometimes; if your feeling often it’s hard to get motivated to do anything. Trust me I know. Wait, what? Time to take my own advice! Isn’t this website about staying motivated for our own well being?
Even one session of moderate physical activity can reduce anxiety. Start out slow, short bouts are beneficial too. I am lucky to have a companion dog who loves going for walks.
Maybe I should take my own advice! In a way I am since for the first time in a long while I am writing about about how I feel.
Take Breaks From Upsetting Content
Make time to unwind but DO NOT turn on ANY news channel, or Facebook for that matter.
Did you “unfriend” anyone last week on National Unfriend Day? This article from the International Business Times sums up the reasons why you should.
Instead of television or social media try relaxation techniques or listening to music. Make time to do activities you enjoy. Here are my 7 Steps For Mental Fitness During COVID-19 Lockdowns.
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Take 3 or 4 slow deep breaths to relax. This usually works well and is also a good way to help yourself fall to sleep. Here’s how:
- Take a slow deep breath and avoid shallow chest breathing. It’s easy to get in the habit of taking short, shallow breaths without even realizing it. Notice your diaphragm sink down and outward, then fill your chest. Inhale through your nose if possible. Breathing through your nose speeds oxygen to your brain. Your nose also acts as an air filter.
- Fill your lungs completely and hold for 2 or 3 seconds. Exhale slowly through your mouth and squish-out all the air. Hold again for 2-3 seconds.
- Repeat this 2 or 3 more times.
- Unless you are lying down to sleep, maintain a good posture and be relaxed. Slouching and tensing your muscles makes it harder to take full, deep breaths.
Sing to Relax
Many establishments are not offering Karaoke right now due to mandated restrictions, however you can stream many Karaoke channels on the Internet from home. It’s very hard to dwell on any troubles when you are singing!
CBD Products from Joy Organics can help you relax too! CBD oil is finding its way into a variety of products, from tinctures and drops to CBD-infused edibles and CBD balms, as well as a wide range of cosmetics.
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