It has been months since the current pandemic started. And yet, it doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. These days, it seems the best way to help prevent the virus from further spreading is by staying most days indoors. But then, the stay-at-home orders can be enough to increase the anxiety and stress levels of everyone, no matter the age. How can one cope with such a difficult time?
Don’t focus on things that are out of your control
Many of us do things that do not help in easing our stress and anxiety. Many often feel obliged to check the news obsessively which can only further fuel our worries. While staying informed is good, it would be best to verify your sources before believing and sharing the news. Only believe news from trusted sources like the local public health authorities in your area, the World Health Organization, and the CDC. You may not be able to control the virus, but you can control how often you check the news and what updates you share with loved ones.
If we focus on the things we can control, then we will feel more at ease knowing we have done our part in reducing the spread of the virus. For one, we can start by practicing the things recommended by the experts. This includes following stay-at-home-orders, avoiding public places, large gatherings, non-essential travels and shopping, social distancing, frequent and proper hand washing, and proper usage of face masks.
Aside from focusing on the negatives, use the lockdown as a chance to take better care of yourself. Eat healthily, get lots of sleep, and keep yourself fit. You can use this time to upgrade your skincare routine as stress can cause skin issues. Use products that match your skin problems like a benzoyl peroxide cleanser for mild to moderate breakouts. If you have sensitive skin, it would be best to consult a local dermatologist before using any new product.
Keep your routine consistent
The pandemic caused schools to close, businesses to shut down, and all other routines that typically complete our day. This causes stress not only to adults but the children as well. This is why it is crucial that you exercise mental health practices to combat COVID-19-related stress. You can do this by giving your family a sense of consistency.
Keep your regular routine as consistent as possible. Serve and eat meals with the family the time as you would before the pandemic. Set a time for screen time, learning, and playing. Plan activities that everyone can engage in. Don’t forget to keep in touch with your loved ones by taking advantage of technology.
Treat everyone with “me time”
Everyone deserves to enjoy a quiet time doing things that they find relaxing. This is especially important as the pandemic is an extremely stressful time. Even 30 minutes of “me” time are enough to ourselves sane. But according to a survey, one out of three people feel guilty taking me time. Stop feeling guilty for needing and wanting some alone time because you very much need and deserve it.
There is no denying that the COVID-19 caused sudden and extreme changes to everyone’s lives. The stress and anxiety it caused is remarkable. APA even reports 46% of parents have higher stress levels thanks to the crisis. To get through these trying times, we must find ways to manage our stress and anxiety and teach our family how to better cope.