‘Unprecedented’ has been the adjective of choice over the last 2 years, being used now more than ever before through history; and the use has not been unfounded. Throw in other phrases like ‘Social distancing’, ‘new normal’, ‘uncertainty’, ‘challenging’, and we realize that Covid has completely changed the way we talk, live, work and interact with our loved ones.
Almost every one of us has faced tremendous anxiety & stress due to the pandemic. We’ve felt feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, numbness and frustration. Many of us have had to deal with irreparable loss, sorrow and grief. Add to this the strain of loneliness being confined to our homes, being demotivated while working longer hours in a remote set-up, and staying away from our loved ones – it’s a recipe for a health disaster. Which is why it’s more important now to focus on our personal wellbeing, mind & body, than ever before.
They say unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. But when it comes to personal wellness, we don’t think so. We believe it’s the smaller habits and practices that can make all the difference. Here are 6 tips to cope better with the times –
Meditation & Breathwork:
Just 5-10 minutes of consistent mindfulness meditation & deep breathing daily can be extremely beneficial. It’ll help you stay in the present moment, leaving behind the baggage of the past, and reducing worries regarding the uncertainties of the future.
Eat healthy, well-balanced meals:
Good nutrition is all about having a well-rounded diet. Add healthy fats (not trans fats) by including olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados in your diet. Try to cut your sodium (salt) intake to keep your blood pressure in check. And increase fiber intake – fresh fruits & vegetables, whole grains and legumes are good sources.
Get adequate sleep:
Ensure that you get your full quota of rest and sleep. The stress experienced by the body due to the constant negativity gets further amplified when you don’t get enough sleep. Try avoiding any stimulants like caffeine, alcohol or nicotine before going to bed. A bedtime routine which could include taking a bath, or having a cup of green tea (non-caffeinated) can also be helpful.
Take a break:
The constant news cycle and information overload on social media, coupled with work can take a toll on the mind & body. Make some time for yourself and the things you enjoy doing – pick up an old hobby, read a book, listen to music, or reorganize your room.
Connect with others:
Working from home reduces our social interactions drastically, and can result in a feeling of loneliness & isolation. Make time to connect with the people you trust and share your feelings & concerns – it could be one phone / video call a day. It’ll help decrease stress and be a great source of support.
Seek professional support:
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope, get professional help from a registered counsellor or therapist. Given the current circumstances, avoid stepping out and consider looking for online options.