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, everyone should hold on to what they do know — they are safe, they can be safe if they 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. Thus, leading to the following list on How To Stay Sane during Covid-19.
Accept that the Corona Virus is here to stay for an uncertain time period.
Like 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 what is considered safe (during this pandemic), instead of simply waiting for things to get better.
Don’t obsessively check the News.
I, for one, know just how emotionally straining checking the News can be, even though I come across the news just 5 minutes a week. My justification is that Pakistani News is generally very stressful — there’s always a red ‘Breaking News’ banner for everything, and the media creates such a tense hype for anything happening. Anyhow, in order to stay sane, it’s best not to check the News or the Internet for the number of Covid-19 cases or related deaths every hour or so because that will just keep you in a constant state of anxiety.
Stay in touch with friends and family.
Since we’re social beings, regardless of being introverted or not, we generally crave company in different ways — whether it’s by sitting with a group of friends or turning the TV on for background noise while scrolling through your phone. Now, 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. For constant self-care reminders and ideas, take a look at my self-care guide on Instagram here.
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 when 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. 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 work space from your personal space.
Since many of us are working from home, in order to feel motivated, our work spaces should be separate from our personal spaces. Not everyone has the space to dedicate separate rooms for working, so it could even be a corner in your room. Separation of the two spaces means that when you’re in your work space, 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 or get distracted. Instead, you immediately get into your work-mode (mentally).
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 upon 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 or to 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 sad or depressed doesn’t mean that your mental health is perfect. With everything going on in the world, many of us don’t realise that we can find solace in ourselves by taking the time to consult psychologists/experts or loved ones or even by taking a few minutes to breathe in, think about ourselves and face emotions or thoughts we’ve been avoiding. 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.