As you all know, we are in the middle of a global pandemic, that being the spread of COVID-19. I know a lot of you may be scared and frustrated with how this situation is being handled, but let’s not lose sight of our mental wellbeing and attack this thing from a factual standpoint. Here are some things to remember not only as we move past this pandemic, but in any situation in life where we feel like panicking:
- Panicking Makes Everything Worse. Always.
You know what compromises your immune system? Stress. Do not allow this situation to turn you into a chicken running around with its head chopped off. The CDC has given us very clear instructions on how we should approach this situation. Other than washing your hands, keep calm and remember that stressing makes just about everything you face in life worse.
2. Use Common Sense
When you’re sick, what’s the first thing you grab on the shelves of your local supermarket to alleviate your ailments? Cereal? Toilet Paper? A year’s supply of pasta? Don’t be a selfish dumbass. Pandemic or not, people are still going to need groceries. If you are going to leave the house, be mindful of immune boosting foods and supplements, such as herbal teas, fruits and vegetables. Do your research on immunity supporting herbs—it’s unfortunate, but you’d be surprised as how much is still on the shelves at a time like this. Also stock up on nonperishable foods, such as froze and canned goods.
It should go without saying, but it you’re feeling ill, stay home. It’s not fair to those with compromised immune systems that they have to live in fear because of selfish jackasses that are spreading their illnesses to the public. Try to limit social interaction as much as you can, and of course, wash your damn hands.
3. Keep Your Mind Busy
Now is quite a time to be an introvert, huh? Smugness aside, take this time of quarantine to not only maintain routine but keep busy: maybe there’s a book lying around the house that you never read, or maybe it’s time to dig up that old sewing machine in the garage? Take your mind off of sensationalized news and pick up a new hobby. I feel that in this time of isolation, we can give ourselves the opportunity to learn how to be more self-sufficient and productive with our time.
4. Stay Active
Social distancing doesn’t mean don’t leave the house altogether. Take a stroll around your neighborhood, find a local trail to hike, lift weights from home if you can. Keep in mind that staying in the house is for the wellbeing of society right now, but you don’t have to go crazy in the process. There are tons of channels on YouTube that are dedicated to yoga practices, even at home workout videos with no equipment necessary. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
5. Stay Positive
I know that these are very frustrating and trying times. This situation is starting to affect our everyday lives, but we have accept that we cannot control the future. We don’t know how long this thing will last or how bad it can get—all we can do is stay informed and stay calm. We have to remind ourselves that we already know what to do, and we have to trust that things will work out. The energy you put out is the energy you get in return; in a time like this, we need all the positivity that we can harness to get through this, and we will get through this.