There is so much going on right now.
All you hear is COVID-19, quarantine, social distancing, wash your hands, etc. It’s a scary time for the world and there is so much uncertainty. If you are like me, then uncertainty is one of your greatest fears. You don’t really know if you’re infected with the virus or spreading it to others. You don’t really know what to do if you get sick. You don’t know if you’ll be able to keep working so you can pay your bills. We don’t know how long this is going to last.
Let’s face it. We’re all scared. Even the ones that say they aren’t are a little afraid deep down. And it’s okay to be scared. And we should absolutely be taking precautions to keep things from getting worse. We need to be washing our hands, keeping our environments clean, and not getting out and about unless you have to.
However, we also need to be taking care of our inner selves. Social distancing and isolation can make things so much harder for some people, especially those that suffer from mental illnesses. Speaking from personal experience and from what I’ve heard from others, isolation tends to make depressive symptoms worse. When we have no connection to outside distractions and are focused to sit with ourselves, then our minds tend to take over. Being able to go out, see others, and stay busy is very beneficial to our mental health.
I just wanted to give a few tips to get through this difficult time:
- Journal. Journaling about what you’re feeling or things you are worried about can help you get it out of your mind for a while. It helps to see it written down and physically shut the thought away.
- Meditation. Focus on your breathing. Let your mind clear and focus on relaxing the tense part of your body. There are so many awesome channels on YouTube that will walk you through body scans. Yoga is also a great way to relax yourself.
- Reach out. FaceTime and Skype have been some of the best ways to see people that you can’t see in person. If you are struggling, then try giving someone a call.
- Get creative. Channel your emotion into creativity. Paint, draw, play music, write music, write stories, play games. Do something to spark some creativity and let that take over you. Distractions are good.
- News and Social Media. Consume news mindfully. All you see on social media and the news right now is the pandemic that’s happening. Sometimes it can be extremely overwhelming. When you are feeling this way, then it is best to log off and turn off your phone. Do one of the things mentioned above or whatever you find helps you unwind.
We’re all in this together. It’s scary but we can get through it. Just breathe and take it one day at a time. It won’t last forever.
Stay safe, everyone! xx