Had a conversation with a spider today. Seems nice. He’s a web designer.
Joking aside, the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people who lock themselves at home for a long time. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
How you respond to the lockdown can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in. Here are the ways to cope with stress:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Exercise regularly.
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some activities you enjoy.
- Schedule regular social contact by phone or video. Research suggests that video chatting can help buffer against loneliness and depression. Instead of canceling your usual social events try holding them online.
- Get absorbed in a fictional world. In lonely times, fictional characters in TV shows, books, or other media can give us a greater sense of belonging.
- Surround yourself with warmth. Curling up under a cozy blanket, taking a hot shower, or making a warm cup of tea can be soothing not only physically, but also psychologically.
Finally, it’s worth reminding yourself that by staying home, you’re protecting not only yourself, but also countless others, including individuals at high risk of severe illness and medical workers on the front lines.