The impacts of COVID-19 have most people concerned with what it means for us and our loved ones. Naturally this can be unsettling, and we can find it difficult to remember to look after ourselves. During this period of social distancing, it’s important to stay positive.
These are some helpful things you can do to stay positive:
Set a Routine
As we spend more time at home, it is important to continue with a regular routine. For example, you can maintain a regular time for waking up and going to bed, exercise time and eat at regular times. Shower at your normal time and try to avoid staying up later than you would normally.
Activities that give you a sense of achievement
We feel good when we have achieved something, so it is helpful to include activities each day that that give you a sense of achievement such as doing housework, gardening, completing work tasks or cooking a new recipe.
You could also challenge yourself to learn something new with an online course and keep physically active using an online exercise video.
Activities that help you feel connected
Most people are not used to being physically isolated from others, so it is important to find ways to connect with friends and family. For example, organise phone and video calls, set up shared online activities, explore local online neighbourhood groups to help the local community. You can also see more suggestions in our articles, Socialisation in Isolation (Part 1) and Socialisation in Isolation (Part 2).
Activities you can do just for pleasure
It’s important not to lose touch with things that give us pleasure. Plan to do some fun activities each day that make you feel joyful. For example, read a good book, watch a comedy, sing to your favourite songs, take a relaxing bath, or eat your favourite foods.
Notice and limit your worries
Constantly following the news or checking social media for updates might trigger your worry and anxiety. Consider limiting the time that you are exposed to these triggers each day. You might choose to listen to the news and check social media at set times.
Developing gratitude can help you connect with moments of happiness. Each night, take time to reflect on what you are thankful for. Be specific and notice new things each day.
For further ideas: Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty – Psychology Tools