The COVID-19 pandemic is all over the media. It’s everywhere we look. Everywhere we turn. It’s all we think about. I completely understand that and I feel it too. This is what I have been doing to stay sane.
1. Talk to people instead of tuning in to the news all the time
I limit my exposure to news because it induces stress and anxiety. How do I know what’s going on in the world if I haven’t watched the latest news? By talking to people. You will still get the latest updates even if you do not seek them actively. So don’t worry if you are not watching or hearing it 24×7. Stay connected with your friends and family and you are sorted.
2. Take care of your bills and finances
Most companies that I know of are giving people a break on their bills for a limited time. Look into it and see if that company is a company you pay a bill to. If they are, call and find out if you can get that done. Believe me, you will feel a lot more at ease.
3. Apply to remote jobs or gigs
Look for work from home jobs online. A lot of companies right now are hiring work from home candidates. Start applying. It beats worrying about your job, doesn’t it? Also, look into unemployment/furlough to see if you qualify.
4. Keep yourself entertained
Being stuck at home does not mean you have to be bored and/or stressed out. In fact, you need to take care of yourself more now than ever because this situation is not going away anytime soon. Pursue your hobbies. Watch movies and TV shows that you enjoy. Listen to music that you love.
5. Introspect your life
Find some time to honestly review your life choices so far. Think deeply about the past, present, and future to figure out if there’s anything you want/need to change. Try and make some changes right now if you can. If that isn’t possible, make plans to do so once life returns to normal. Doing so will help you feel empowered and in control instead of helpless and trapped.
Julia Tallering is an inspirational blogger who is studying to be a Certified Life Coach. She helps people find courage in the toughest of situations, teaches them how to love themselves, and strengthens their relationships.