In times of high collective stress, it’s easy to lose control. As fear gains momentum through a domino effect, we must take small initiatives during the current COVID-19 climate to stay positive and help flatten the curve. As the government encourages everyone to stay home, it feels like the entire nation is under house arrest. But, if you’re looking for a silver lining, you can take this unsought time off as a time to reflect, support eachother and continue to stay healthy.
Obedience and complying with the health and safety requirements will help solve this pandemic, but it doesn’t make the process any easier. This sudden pause is a time of heightened confusion, but our societal stagnation doesn’t mean we necessarily need to be. It’s important we exercise both our physical and mental health and to prioritize positivity. Here are some productive ways to help this time pass.
Log Out To Avoid Overconsumption
Staying informed is crucial, but not exactly comforting. With the surplus information of COVID-19 taking over our newsfeeds, streamline your news intake by focusing on facts, and less on the conjecture found in the comments section or sensationalist media. Don’t spend your days scrolling through Instagram or getting lost on Youtube. Download apps such as Self Control to limit your time online. Looking for solace by over consuming reactive media will only bring discomfort and confusion and will stray you further from objective truth.
Also, look for the good news. It’s easy to see all the dismal headlines that add to the hysteria. But, there’s always something positive happening, regardless of how big or small it may seem. Create a nurturing atmosphere for yourself and approach your relationship with online usage with unbiased discipline.
Start a New Hobby Or Pick Up an Old One
You know that thing you’ve always wanted to try but always found a reason not to? Now’s your opportunity, since you’ve been stripped of your excuses. Learn a new skill through online tutorials or courses or try to master one of your favourite recipes. Keeping your hands occupied will keep your mind occupied, and you’ll get something new out of it too.
Give your endorphins a boost by keeping your body active. Staying motivated during uncertain times is mentally challenging and physically consequential. At-home workout videos are now trending, and if you don’t have any weights, improvise with potato sacks. Find a yoga flow on Youtube to decompress or stretch after a day of Netflix-binging. This is also a great time to sync workouts with friends via video chat.
Take Your Vitamins
Building a strong immune system doesn’t always get prioritized, but now is the time it should. Liposomal Vitamin C helps strengthen your body’s natural defenses, fight inflammation, while also helping your body absorb iron. Make sure to stock up on vitamin-C rich foods, such as oranges, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and kiwi. Although assimilating Vitamin C is best done through eating whole foods, supplementing with liposomal Vitamin C enters various organs and cells, unlike regular Vitamin C which gets filtered by the kidneys.
Although eating pints of Ben & Jerry’s is the more appealing option, eating a balanced diet works two-fold for mental clarity and physical strength. Drink water with electrolytes for extra hydration and swap your morning coffee with a cup of green tea. Green tea contains high levels of antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which enhances immune function and amino acid L-theanine, which helps your T-cells fight germs.
Be There Emotionally, Not Physically
Physical isolation doesn’t have to be socially desolate. We live in the age of Facetime and WhatsApp, meaning we can always be there without having to physically be present. Stay connected by doing the same things you and your friends like to do, but executed differently. Start a TV series together through Skype or make dinner together on Facetime.
If you live alone, take this time for yourself. Read those books sitting on your bookshelf or hike a new trail. Check in with your friends and family. If you’re working remotely, make sure to take breaks throughout the day. Without the distractions of an office, now can be a productive time to get ahead, but make sure to log out at an appropriate time. If you have roommates or live with your family, have game nights, movie nights, and do projects together.
What Should You Do?
- Stay calm by downloading a meditation app (and breathe!)
- Wash your hands and sanitize surfaces
- Thoroughly clean your produce
- Avoid physical contact and limit your time in crowded areas
- Get checked when experiencing multiple symptoms