A Guide to Staying Sane during Covid-19

Sure, the Corona Virus has been here for quite a while now (who am I kidding? It’s been more than a year) but that does not mean that everyone has become accustomed to it (I’d say that again)—staying sane and normalising life during this pandemic can still be challenging, and if you feel like you’re absolutely losing your mind, that’s all right. Currently, there’s a lot of uncertainty and in order to overcome the anxiety over not knowing what’s next, we should all hold on to what we do know—we are safe, we can be safe if we take the right precautions, and that Covid-19 is here to stay (at least for now), and so, we should start to accept it as the new way of life for the time being.

Accept that the Corona Virus is here to stay for an uncertain time period.

As I mentioned earlier, it is absolutely essential that we accept that the virus isn’t going anywhere (at least for a while) and so, we should adapt our daily routines to this strange lifestyle instead of simply waiting for things to get better.

Don’t obsessively check the News.

I, for one, know just how emotionally straining it can be to check the News, even though I come across the news just 5 minutes a week. I’d say it’s best to stay in touch with what’s going on in the world every now and then but there’s no need to check for deaths, cases of virus mutations etc. every hour or so.

Stay in touch with friends and family.

Since we’re social beings, regardless of how introverted or extroverted, we generally crave company in different ways—whether it’s via sitting with a group of friends or turning the TV on for background noise while scrolling through social media. Because of Covid-19, we have all been in a state of isolation (in most cases, unlike anything we’ve been through before), which is why it is more important to stay in touch with friends and family; the lack of communication or company does have adverse effects on our mental health, even if we don’t realise it.

Treat yourself to ‘Me-Time’ more often than not.

Giving yourself the time and space to pamper yourself every once in a while is absolutely essential because normalising routines during such circumstances can be very overwhelming. Take the time to treat yourself to what you enjoy doing the most.

Create and follow a daily routine.

Pandemic or not, I have always struggled to follow a routine for more than two weeks, which is not a good habit. I’m great at creating and designing routines but following them is easier said than done. Following a healthy daily routine is important because it creates some normalcy to hold onto while things are uncertain.

Challenge yourself only if you have the time.

I’ve heard loads of people say that they didn’t do anything productive since the lockdown started in March and honestly, that is such a waste of opportunity (especially if said persons were mentally and physically healthy enough to do so)! This is the perfect time to pick up a new hobby or pursue a new path because most of the world is staying at home, which provides enough space and time (for some) to challenge themselves. Plus, it’s a great point to add to your CV (Curriculum Vitae) because it’ll show that while the world was going through a crazy series of unexpected events, you were making a difference in one way or another.

Separate your workspace from your personal space.

Since many of us are working from home, in order to feel motivated, our workspaces should be separate from our personal spaces. This doesn’t necessarily mean dedicating a whole room for your workspace because that might not be feasible or possible for some, so even a separate corner works! By separating the two spaces, you should make sure that when you’re in your workspace, you can’t do anything but work, and if you want to take a break or do anything that’s not work-related or productive, you should move to your personal space. This is to ensure that when you sit to work, you don’t feel lethargic, burnt out or get distracted. Instead, you immediately get into your mental work mode.

Take care of your physical health.

Taking care of your physical health is just as important as taking care of your mental health, and it is more stressed now because most of the world is stuck at home and so, physical activity has been cut down to the bare minimum. In my case, when the lockdown was first initiated, the only physical activity I was doing for the first few months was going to the kitchen, the lounge and back. Take care of your physical health by working out three-four times a week or eating healthy.

Check-in on your mental health.

Just because you’re not visibly sad doesn’t mean that your mental health is perfect. You don’t need to be crying to know there’s something wrong — try to educate yourselves on signs that you aren’t feeling (mentally) well, for example, not feeling motivated enough to get out of bed or unknowingly detaching yourself from your friends and family. Try your best to stay in touch with your mental health and you can do this by keeping a journal or just tracking your daily feelings and activities!

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