It’s okay to feel worried and stressed as we face the new normal because of the coronavirus. It may take time to adapt to any situation but people continue adjusting to their new schedules, changes in everyday tasks, as well as ideas of what life might be like in a year or even a few weeks.
In our current climate, the most common concern we face is fear of the unknown. Our distress is caused by the inability for us to fully comprehend and make sense of the situation. We are uncertain about how to move forward and anxious about our future. Fear of new things is normal. However, under usual circumstances, we can overcome that initial distress.
Even though you can’t control many factors about your new daily life, there are steps you can take to help cope and come to terms with your new reality. Even if you find it hard to feel the same as you did before, there is always something you can do.
Find new ways to help yourself relax
Try meditation, stretching, yoga, finding a new hobby, listening to music, or closing your eyes for a moment and deep breathing. Consider these coping techniques to help you when dealing with your new situation.
Treat your body well
Moderate exercise, walking, enough sleep, and healthy food can help improve your mood and boost your self-esteem. Avoid sedating your feelings with alcohol or illicit drug use.
Some people like to channel their energy by helping others. Being productive in this way gives you a sense of meaning and lets you turn your attention to others.
Take part in online clubs, classes, or social gatherings
Getting together virtually with others or starting something new can help adjust your focus.
Stay thoughtfully informed
Check-in on medical guidelines and local government policies to figuring out what you can do to make a difference. Having a strategy to navigate your day may give you a sense of control and a way to feel proactive. However, make sure you give yourself time away from news resources.
Talk about your concerns
Be honest about the fears regarding the pandemic and take time to communicate those worries. Sharing your feelings with a family with a healthy perspective and may help you feel better. You can also join an online support group to talk to others who are having the same fears. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Don’t hesitate to seek help if you can’t handle your situation on your own especially if you have your children with you.
Keep a journal
Write about any anxieties and questions you have. Re-read your journal and focus on what obstacles to your happiness you have control of. Collecting your thoughts on paper can help you let go of fear or put your concerns in perspective.
Talk with a counselor
If thoughts about the virus or overall stress interfere with your daily life, you might feel better seeing a counselor or therapist.