With most of us housebound and confined to small spaces with family or flatmates, nerves are bound to snap. Capsized travel plans, indefinite isolation, panic over scarce re-sources and information overload could be a recipe for unchecked anxiety and feelings of isola-tion. For many, the brain is currently in fight or flight response due to uncertainty, so we need to override this. One has to challenge themselves to accept this situation.
Here are a few pointers that could help you survive spiraling negative thoughts about this uncertain time.
Reframe “I am stuck inside” to “I can finally focus on my myself”
- Doing one productive thing per day can lead to a more positive attitude.
- I chalked down a #21DayDisciplinePlanner and maintain some semblance of structure from the pre-quarantine days.
- Approaching this time with a mindset of feeling trapped or stuck will only stress you out more.
- This is your chance to slow down and focus on yourself. create something you’ve always wanted to do, re-organize, and set your sights on those procrastinated plans.
An attitude of Gratitude
- OK, but honestly, how privileged are so many of us that during a global pandemic, we can just warm at home, reading, writing, working, still being educated, creating, talking to our loved ones, with little worries and a fridge stocked with food?
- If you have FAITH in God, exercise it. PRAY .. Sing a song of Praise to God!!
- Do remind yourself to be grateful today.
Stay close to your normal routine
- I start my day with a morning dose of sunshine for ample Vitamin D for 15 mins with a cup of aromatic coffee wafting through my nostrils which otherwise is a luxury in everyday humdrum of life.
- Waking up and going to bed around the same time, two square meals and a strict NO to binging, and shower
- Having a romance with the gentle breeze in the night
- Not only will sticking to my normal routine keeps me active and less likely to spiral, it will be easier for me to readjust to the outside world when it’s time to get back to work.
- Sticking to a routine and a particular will keep my body’s natural biological clock in check.
A chaotic home can lead to a chaotic mind
- I organise my cupboard and wardrobe time to time
- Deep cleaning the room and bathroom (no helpers in PG)
- I don’t pile up those clothes. Do the laundry from time to time.
- Setting up mental zones for daily activities can be helpful to organize my day. For ex., i avoid eating meals on the couch. I have my meals with Nidhi in the dining area with my friend Nidhi over wholesome conversations. I get to smile and say ‘hello’ to my other PG mates.
- Loosening these boundaries just muddles my routine and can make me feel claustrophobic.
Avoid obsessing over endless Coronavirus coverage
- Choosing only certain credible websites for a limited amount of time each day
- Maintaining a personal hygiene and washing my hands with a medicated soap
- Avoiding all the whatsapp forwards, and unnecessary negativity related to the Pandemic on social media.
Maintain community and social connection
- Choose your circle of people you want to communicate with wisely.
- Make sure you have the right support system and these people keep you motivated. Communicate with them freely.
Adapting an exercise regimen
- Brisk walk in the corridor or for two hours in the evening
- Residing on the fourth floor, taking four flights of stairs three times a day and avoiding the elevator
- Having a romance with the gentle breeze in the night
- I love to dance with my favorite music on — Petre Andre’s Mysterious girl, Shalala from Venga Boys, Sexy Eyes from Whigfield, Kaoma from Lambada, Despacito by Luciana Zogbi, Coco Jamboo from Mr. President so on and so forth.
From learning new skills to flexing your creative muscles
- Creative writing, something that i love to do and have been doing it for years. My imaginative juices propels my thoughts and i end up articulating my thoughts.
- Creative writing over the years helped me flesh out new ideas, develop my character, and imporve my vocabulary.
- Photography: With phone always being at hand, there are fewer chances that a person with a photographic eye will miss out on any action worth capturing.
- From the rising of the fiery ball until dusk, if it is about mobile photography, the concentration is always on composition than quality.
- As photography is an art, clicking a great picture is the only thing that matters. It is not the camera that matters but the person behind it.
- Having an inclination to Western and Indian Classical music, i listen to all sorts of music that is a feast to my ears.
- Sleep is essential for our bodies to repair cells, clear toxins, consolidate our memories and process information.
- There’s good evidence that sleep deprivation can have major impacts on our health
- It negatively impacts our psychological wellbeing and our emotional intelligence.
But now more than ever, it’s incredibly important to stay active. One can setl small targets for oneself that one can try to achieve every day. Successful accomplishment of these targets will keep you motivated and your mind occupied. Reward yourself when you achieve something and push yourself when you don’t. You make an impact on the world around you every single day. Whether it is how you treat the tired grocery clerk or how you react to the helper at home, you are always sending yor energy out into this world. And what’s often forgotten is that the little ripples we make on the world every day aren’t little at all … They are the acts that make the biggest difference.