With the advent of coronavirus, people all around the world are stuck in their homes. It is a struggle to be at homes for such a long period.
There is so much going on in the world right now. It is difficult to be alone with our thoughts, furthermore making it difficult to work. I feel lost sometimes and it’s been a pretty much time that I have been out because of obvious reasons.
But the fact is our lives are changing. We can either adapt to the changing times or be the same and suffer.
It is tough to accept that my life now has stuff like online classes, staying in my room all day and not meeting professors, friends, and family. But after 3–4 days of feeling miserable, and being scared of the crisis. I ended up accepting it that I needed to do something.
Maybe for you, it’s something else. You might be a writer finishing a book or a fisherman or an astronaut. Find out what you can do to help the world, and then read the rest of the article.
I hope the stuff that helped me to action may help you too.
1. Practice a daily mindful activity.
Fear attached to anxiety comes from the anticipation of a future event. Many people will catastrophize for what may happen and feel troubled about separating assumptions from realities.
Practising a daily mindful activity helps focus on the now and not the future. This is done by separating feelings from judgments. And focusing on things that are occurring now, and not what might happen.
I am practising one thingdaily and letting my senses attend to that particular thing— like brushing teeth or making my morning coffee. When my mind wanders off, I bring it back gently to your activity. A daily meditation practice can also help in being mindful. Many apps helped me start an existing practice (Headspace, Insight Timer, Buddhify, Calm).
2.Getting disconnected and letting go
Social media is the best way to feel connected right now. I was active on Twitter 24×7. I read accounts of doctors dying on the job, hundreds of daily wage workers going hungry due to lockdown. And hundreds of people dying every day in countries with one of the world’s best healthcare systems. All this made me much more anxious.
I am practising to accept the things anyways. I accepted that I had to sit at home alone until the lockdown ends. I practice to be kind to myself and give attention to things I can control.
I am practising reducing my time on Twitter. I wrote things that I could do and were bothering me so that the same thing doesn’t bother me again in future.
3. Pay attention to positive events.
I want to balance my consumption of “negative” news by reading and attending to positive events. I constantly reminded myself about giving attention to positive things even in times of great duress.
Fitness instructors are giving online free workouts; neighbours lending a hand to elderly individuals; healthcare workers prioritizing the care of others in a selfless manner. We can try following them for being positive through physical exercise.
I am practising to be grateful for a: a hot shower, our morning coffee, a smile or text from a friend.
Try to bring a positive change in your community. Doing something for someone else is the biggest charity.
It’s a very minor thing to do, but it had a very big impact on my mindset.
My room has always been messy, but when I realized I will be staying in my room 24×7, I decided to keep it clean.
That cleanup lasted only for two days because I was never in the habit of “keeping” my room clean. But a dirty room was not an option even.
So, I came up with some ground rules to make sure I kept my room clean. Some of them are No dirty dishes in the room. Pick up utensils immediately.
Trash can be emptied as soon as it’s half full.
No half-eaten stuff in the room— either it goes in my tummy or it goes in the fridge.