Covid-19 Crisis And My Life, My Job, My Career: How 3 Simple Steps Helped Me Stay Positive!
COVID-19 Crisis has been at the forefront of everyone’s minds since early February, bringing with it fear and uncertainty to the masses. Many are now housebound, unable to work or visit friends and family and while this is undoubtedly a sensible idea in terms of protecting one’s physical health it can obviously have a negative impact on one’s mental wellbeing.
People worldwide are now reporting a rise in anxiety, stress, and loneliness and it is therefore vital that we collectively start to take precautions to ensure that we all emerge from this Covid-19 Crisis both physically and mentally healthy. In this article, you will find easy to follow steps and other tools which you can use at home in order to remain positive and optimistic in these trying times.
Find Something You Love Doing and Start Your Day with It
There is no better way to start your day on a positive note than by starting it with doing something you love. Whether that be listening to a certain band or singer, playing with your pet, or even having your favorite food for breakfast, starting your morning on a happy note can do a lot to ensure that you remain in a positive mindset throughout the day.
I initially found it very difficult to get myself up and moving when the COVID-19 crisis first started, however after getting into a routine which I truly love (for me it’s making a cup of black coffee followed by a long walk with my dog) I found that I’m not only a lot happier waking up in the morning, but my mood is also more consistent throughout the day and my days are usually more productive. If you are unable to start your day doing something you love, then try starting it WITH someone you love. Try phoning or talking to family members or friends. Either way… make sure that you start your day on a positive note.
Being stuck inside and house-bound is difficult for everybody, however, it is important that we all stay active during these unprecedented times. While this is understandably a challenge for us all, there are steps you can take in order to remain fit and healthy while being stuck inside.
If you are one of the lucky ones living in a country that isn’t currently in lockdown, then try and get outside. Stay active doesn’t mean running marathons it can be as simple as taking your dog for a walk or even doing simple yoga stretches outside in the sun. The vitamin D that you can gain from just 10 to 30 minutes of direct sunlight can do wonders for boosting your immune system while also helping you stay happy and positive. If however, you aren’t one of the lucky few allowed out of their houses then don’t worry there are still steps you can take to keep your body and mind active.
Why not try stretching when you wake up in the morning? Only 20 minutes of stretching not only brings physical benefits such as improved posture and increased blood flow to your muscles, but it also has psychological benefits such as it’s a calming effect on the mind and stress relief. While I would urge everyone to try a simple stretching routine, I do understand that some people may find it quite boring so why not try stretching while watching your favorite movie or television show?
If you enjoy lifting weights and now are missing the thrill of the gym then now can provide the perfect time to get inventive with your workouts. Try setting yourself a challenge such as increase how many press-ups in a row, or incorporate bodyweight exercises and movements that you might not usually do.
Be Positive- Ignore How Others Are Spending Their Time and Concentrate on You!
Social Media would have you believe that now is the perfect time to set up a side business, finally, get around to the pile of books that you’ve been putting off reading or get the perfect body you have always wanted. While the COVID-19 crisis has provided us all with extra time, it is important to Be Positive and understand that this spare time should be spent doing what makes you happy.
If you have a business idea that you’ve always wanted to set up but just lacked the time required to do so, then, by all means, see this crisis as an opportunity to explore that idea, and pursue your dream but don’t feel pressured to do so just because Instagram or Twitter are telling you to do so. Concentrate on yourself, make sure that what you’re doing on a daily basis is making you happy.
The idea of giving up social media can be a daunting prospect for many (myself included) but it can be a very helpful and easy way of increasing one’s mood and mental well-being. It is proven that excessive use of Social Media sites and apps is linked with a reduced quality of sleep, increased feelings of loneliness as well as self-esteem issues so while it may provide entertainment to scroll through Twitter and Instagram please stay aware that you may be negatively affecting your mental health.
So why not set down your laptop or phone and spend some time doing something that you find truly enjoyable? There is currently no end in sight in terms of the COVID-19 crisis but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t hope. Every day people all over the world are pulling together to help both friends, family, and strangers alike. While it’s important during times of crisis to look after those closest to you, don’t forget to look after yourself.
Try and get into a routine every day, give your day meaning and structure but most importantly wake up every day and try and be happy. One day we will be surrounded by our family and friends and this Covid-19 Crisis will be a distant memory, so let’s make sure that when that day finally comes, we are physically and most importantly mentally healthy.