COVID-19 is the one common thing affecting every individual as of right now. It does not matter where you’re from or where you live; one thing everyone can agree upon is that dealing with the fatigue that comes with this COVID-19 situation is brutal on everyone’s mind as well as physical health. As one could say, the pandemic proved to be more of a marathon, unlike an expected sprint.
It gets worse when you hear worse news every day. With all these things piling on, one can not help but move towards healthy distractions to keep their mind occupied. Although, this does not mean you should resist restrictions, the vaccine, or treatments. It is best to keep using PPE after getting vaccinated, as advised. Hygiene is an essential factor in keeping yourself and your loved ones safe.
Overwhelmed by the State of the World
Due to the global coronavirus pandemic unfolding before our very eyes, people have been confined to their homes without any emotional support systems. This lead to people being incredibly overwhelmed by the state of the world.
Humans are wired to prepare for situations ahead of time and anticipate dangers; thus, you have probably been given tips and tricks to battle each aspect attached to the virus, but at one point, one has to distract themselves to feel significantly better. Perhaps, even in times of anxiety and worry, you can take strategic steps to feel good.
With that being said, here are 6 tips to help you feel content and calm by forgetting about COVID-19!
Forget COVID-19 & Focus on the Positive Things
Find a physically demanding activity that you enjoy. Exercise releases endorphins, which alleviate stress and heighten our sense of pleasure. This activity could be taking a hike, a walk, or riding a bike. It could be taking a small break to practice some yoga poses near your desk or just listening to calming music as you take deep breaths. You need to pay attention to how your body reacts to these activities on a daily basis.
2. Focus on Future Plans
This can be categorised as writing/journaling too. Writing things down is a wonderful outlet for your pent-up emotions and a great way to make plans. Write down where you wish to go and what you want to do that you cannot do due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Talk to loved ones and figure out their bucket lists. Not only will making plans with friends and family make you feel closer to them, but you will be – in a way – spending time with them.
You can jot down things you are thankful for every day as well. This way, you can track your emotions and have reminders of what makes you happy every single day.
3. Try New Recipes
Spice it up in the kitchen! Try out new recipes from different cuisines and explore your taste palette. Add healthy and nutritious foods you did not have time to check out before. Eat various types of meals!
Cooking is a lengthy yet exciting process, so it is easy to kill time, and with the help of healthy meals, you will be taking care of your body, thus resulting in a healthy mindset.
4. Remove the Clutter
Clutter makes it more challenging for us to concentrate on tasks, so if you find yourself quarantined, a quick tidy up might affect you positively.
It is essential to live in a tidy and fresh environment to decrease fatigue as an unclean surrounding creates an oddly depressing aura in a home. There might be areas in your home that you have always procrastinated cleaning – well, this is the perfect time to roll up your sleeves and get into it! Not only will this create a healthy habit of keeping your surroundings clean, but it will help you distract yourself.
5. Experiment with Hobbies
Try out new hobbies such as gardening, knitting, making polymer jewellery, paper origami, and more. The options are unlimited. You can pick up new skills that you can benefit from during your everyday life.
When regular schedules are meddled with, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy practices like mindlessly scrolling through social media for hours. Distractions are good in times like this, but make sure you monitor the use of social media and keep yourself on track of healthier distractions that are beneficial for your body and mind.
It is crucial not to obsess over being happy and minuscule details of your daily routines as that scrutiny proves counterproductive.
We are currently battling the COVID-19 fatigue the best we can, but it is a comfort to know that you are not alone regardless of what you go through. This is why we should take care of ourselves and the people around us.