Just a few months ago, life felt pretty normal. People were going to school, work, hanging out with friends, enjoying a cup of joe at their favorite coffee shop, and other typical day-to-day activities. Fast forward to today’s time and the COVID-19 outbreak, schools have closed down, virtual classes are the new academic norm, many companies have transitioned to remote work, take out orders are only available, and social distancing is now a thing. Did I mention people are now hoarding toilet papers? It’s safe to say that we live in a very strange and tough time due to this pandemic.
We’re all facing uncertainties about what the future holds. Many of us are not sure what will happen to our health, the health of our loved ones, our jobs, our educations, our communities, and more. This makes us prone to experiencing emotions of being overwhelmed, scared, and anxious. However, it’s completely normal- especially during times like these.
Although staying optimistic is challenging during times like these, it’s important for us to protect our spirit and well-being. Here are 5 ways you can uplift your spirit during a pandemic.
Social distancing may be challenging for a lot of people, especially when you can’t see your loved ones. Luckily, we live in the day and age of advanced tech that allows us to stay in touch with our friends and family without physically being present. Video chat applications such as Facetime, Zoom, and Google Hangouts have allowed people to play online games and hang out virtually.
Limit Your News Intake
It’s good to stay updated with the news in order to stay informative and protect yourself. However, consuming excess news can stimulate more anxiety. Try narrowing down to one or two of the new sources, determine how much time you want to spend on it, and stick to the time limit.
Although gyms and studios are closed, there are many workout videos that are available online that you can follow. Youtube is a magical platform and has several physical activities that you can follow in the comfort of your own home. Getting your heart pumped and even a little sunshine can uplift your mood.
Do Something Creative
Whether that be reading, writing poetry, painting, drawing, or even choreographing, doing something creative can be relaxing and therapeutic during stressful times like these.
Get Back Into Your Hobbies
Being home has opened up a lot of free time for the majority of us. Running out of things to do could become a possibility and cause us to go crazy. This is the perfect time for us to jump back into our hobbies whatever it may be and potentially develop new ones.
In dark times like these, it’s important for us to remain strong and shine our own light. It’s okay to feel the emotions that you have, but remember to take care of yourself. You can still do things that make you happy indoor while being safe and protecting others. We’re all going through a lot of life changes at the same time, but if you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to connect with other people. Send that text or make that phone call if you need to. Explore what makes you happy. With determination and hope, we can get through this!