Living in the time of a pandemic can be overwhelming and cause severe stress. Being influenced by social media, the tv, and every other source of information can wreak havoc on your mental health, which is why you should learn how to cope with stress as soon as possible. Considering that stress is highly detrimental to one’s health, it’s essential that you learn how to manage and stay away from it. That is especially true during COVID-19 because stress can weaken your immune system and help the virus infect your body. 

Limit your information sources

One of the best things you can do is limit your time in front of the news. Whether you check them online or you’re watching tv, you mustn’t obsessively check the news.

Overwhelming yourself with both credible and less trustworthy news can only increase your levels of stress. Therefore, it’s crucial that you limit your exposure to the media. Yes, you need to stay informed about the latest occurrences and know how the COVID-19 situation is developing, but there is only so much information that you can handle without jeopardizing your mental health.  

Make your home your sanctuary

Staying home and being safe is imperative, so you should make your home as comfortable and entertaining as possible to help you go through these challenging times. If you’re stuck at home for days, and you have a backyard to use to your advantage, try making your own entertainment centre outside. With high-quality outdoor entertainment, you can enjoy Netflix or HBO, and cut the time shorter by watching various other platforms. The more thrilling you make your home, the faster the time in self-isolation will go by. That way, you won’t even miss the outside world because you’ll have all the fun you need at your own home.

Think about aspects you can control

Other people’s behaviour during the pandemic, the circumstances that lead to bigger outbreaks, as well as the longevity of the pandemic, are just some of the things that you cannot control. However, despite you being powerless about it, you’ll probably stress over it and constantly burden your mind with it. Later, this will inevitably lead to you feeling anxious, drained, and overwhelmed.

Think about aspects you can control

To avoid all of those feelings, you should do your best to reduce your risk and focus on the aspects you can control. For example, you should wash your hands frequently using soap and water or a hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your face too often or at all, if possible. That is especially important for your eyes, nose, and mouth. Try to stay home and only go out when necessary. Don’t mingle with other people and stay away from crowds and gatherings.

Stay at least digitally connected

Keeping in touch with your friends and relatives is crucial for your emotional well-being. So, even if you can’t physically connect, you should at least try to stay in touch via social media. From texting to video calling, you can organize family nights at least once a week to be sure everyone’s doing alright. That will give you the ever-needed peace of mind and allow you to confide in them and tell them all about your worries, which will eventually help you destress.

Stress can cause many problems for your well-being. That is why you should always try to stay calm and not worry about stuff that is out of your control. Try to surround yourself with people supportive and positive people, even if it’s just through social media. Stay home and use the time to catch up on all the films and series you’ve been missing out on. That will help you forget about the pandemic for at least an hour during the day.

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Diana Smith

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