The current coronavirus pandemic has turned our lives upside down. Besides the fear for our health and the health of our family, we are also facing economic challenges. Daily, there are so many things to deal with – transportation and shopping problems, homeschooling, and keeping kids busy while schools are closed and social distancing in addition. We can't change the circumstances beyond our control. However, we can change our attitude to the situation and make it acceptable. We can gain control of our life instead of sitting helplessly. Undoubtedly, the crisis will affect you, everyone, differently, no matter which type of personality you are, introvert or extrovert, weak or strong, optimistic or pessimistic. Fortunately, there are several tips you can use to make your life as normal as possible in these circumstances.
1. Create a New Daily Routine
New situations ask for new rules. Instead of running around like a headless chicken, try to organize your day. This will give you a command of the situation. You should be flexible. You shouldn't stick to your usual routine, because it probably can't work now. You should create a new one that is acceptable in the new situation. Follow your regular morning routine, even if you are working from home or not working at all. You should get dressed instead of spending all day in pajamas. As the circumstances change, you can adjust your routine, but always keep to it.
2. Stick to Healthy Eating Habits
If you just snatch whatever you can find in the kitchen, you will soon end up with a few pounds more. You might soon start having digestive problems. You shouldn't skip your regular meals. Instead, eat a lot of fresh vegetables, fruit, wholegrain cereal, lean meat, and eggs. A well-balanced diet will help your digestion and give you enough minerals and vitamins to keep your immune system healthy. This will also help you to avoid emotional eating. Don't forget to drink enough water.
3. Get Enough Sleep
Normally, our day is divided into time at home and time out. If our activities outside are reduced, it might cause sleeping issues. In addition, too much exposure to cell phones, computer screens, and television will make this even worse. You should set a healthy daily rhythm – go to bed at your usual time and get up as usual. If you still experience problems, try a cup of herbal tea, a bath or meditation before you go to bed.
4. Maintain Your Immune System
Now that it is obvious we don't have effective drugs and vaccines, we should try to boost the potential we have – our immune system. Healthy eating habits, doing exercises, getting enough sleep, and a positive attitude will help your body to overcome the difficulties.
5. Set Limits on Time in Front of TV and Computer
It is very important to be well informed now because you should follow the rules the authorities and medical experts set. Be careful to get the facts but carefully filter often confusing information. However, if you watch every news on television and continuously read newspapers, you will end up with anxiety. There are so many other programs and internet pages that will distract you from your fears.
6. Do Your Exercises Regularly
You won't probably be able to do your regular exercises at a local Gym or club, but it still doesn't mean that you can't do any exercises at all. Even if you are asked not to leave your home, you can do some aerobic exercise or yoga, for example. Not only that, you will keep fit, but you will also calm your mind.
7. Follow the Authorities and Medical Doctors' Recommendations
Follow the World Health Organization and your local authorities' recommendations. You will feel more secure when you trust people with expertise in medical and legal issues.
8. Have a Quality Time With Your Family
This can be an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with your family. You can watch films, play games and prepare and have your meals together.
9. Do Things You Have Always Wanted To, But Never Had Enough Time
Now you can read a book you have never had time to read. You can also do housework or engage in your hobby.
10. Connect With People
Although you can't meet other people, you still have your phone, text, and virtual platforms. Your friends and family will share their experiences with you, so you will see that you are not alone in your fears. This current pandemic crisis can cause anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and other mental issues. They are a normal response to an abnormal situation. However, if you feel that none of the above tips can help you, please don't reach for drugs or alcohol. They will not calm you down. Instead, you should seek additional help from mental health experts.
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