Are you experiencing stress during the Coronavirus outbreak? Keep reading to discover ways to reduce your stress and anxiety.
In 2020, The Coronavirus outbreak (also known as COVID-19) has swept the globe, a pandemic that is affecting millions of people mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially. Many countries are in a state of emergency. The news coverage, empty store shelves, and general uncertainty can leave anyone feeling stressed.
If you’re experiencing anxiety around the Coronavirus pandemic, here are a few simple things you can do (even while you self-quarantine) to improve your mood and decrease stress.
Video call with friends/family
Since many people are being asked to work from home during this Coronavirus outbreak, your weekly social interactions are probably being limited.
Socializing is necessary for your mental health. Experts say engaging in social interaction decreases feelings of isolation and anxiety.
Video calls give you the opportunity to socialize with loved ones.
Here are a few fun ways to use video calls for social interaction
- Schedule a virtual coffee date with a friend
- Have dinner with your grandparents over Skype
- Find other online meetups in your area
Watch animal live-streams
Sometimes you need a sweet distraction from the COVID-19 news coverage.
Thankfully there are sites like Explore.org that allow you to watch your favorite animals around the world in real-time.
Seeing pandas play on a livecam cam is shown to boost your mood.
Find ways to give back
Think about people in your community.
Are there individuals who may need assistance with picking up groceries or running other errands?
Are there parents who may need someone to watch their kids?
Many people are feeling the same stress, fear, and anxiety that you are experiencing. Think of ways you can brighten their day.
ways you can give back to your community during the Coronavirus outbreak
- Donate to your local food pantry
- Run errands for elderly neighbors
- Offer to babysit
- Send a card showing someone you care
- Buy gift cards from local small businesses
Write a gratitude list
When things seem to be in a state of emergency, it’s easy to fall into catastrophic thinking.
A simple way to replace those fearful thoughts is by creating a gratitude list. Gratitude lists are shown to reduce stress and improve your mood.
Keep a notebook handy. Jot down what you’re grateful for instead of scrolling social media.
things to journal about in your gratitude list
- What is something that always makes you smile?
- Write a thank-you letter to a friend
- When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Be intentional about your time online
Your feed is probably filled with Coronavirus talk. You don’t need to be constantly bombarded by COVID-19 hysteria.
This is a great time to step away from social media.
Taking a full social media-detox can be difficult (especially when you want to stay informed).
You don’t need to eliminate social media completely, just be more intentional about how you use it.
Social media tips to reduce stress during the Coronavirus outbreak
- Make note of when you go on and how much time you spend
- Set reminders – maybe a sticky-note or alarm – something to remind you to step away
- Delete the apps from your phone. (You can still access them from desktop if need be)
- Prepare replacements. I.e your gratitude journal or an audio-meditation.
Remember that everything is going to be okay. You are safe, you are loved, and you can get through this.