For many people, the covid-19 pandemic was a terrifying period where everyone feared for their lives. And while things are somewhat under control, the reality is that many people are still in a constant state of worry and anxiety.
In fact, studies show that many adults continue to report that they are still stressed or worried about the pandemic. And this is understandable given that more than half of the population still haven’t been vaccinated, and there are new strains coming out all the time.
This brings us to the question: how can you keep your sanity and stop worrying now that it appears that the vaccines are helping to protect people? The following tips will help you.
Admit That It’s Okay to Feel This Way
The first step to staying sane is to acknowledge your feelings and fears. Listen, your worries, anxieties, and stress.
In fact, there are speculations that many people will develop a covid-19 related PTSD after everything settles down because of people’s intense worry that there might be a repeat occurrence.
Whatever you’re feeling is perfectly normal. However, what you do afterward is what matters. Multiple studies have shown that even the most intense feelings of hopelessness pass with time.
Choose Tranquillity and Positive Activities
It’s easy to get sucked into the rabbit hole that’s the news. These sources of information are designed to focus on a lot of the negatives. So, the first thing you need to do is control your news sources.
Even if you must listen to the news, do so in the afternoon. This is not so early that it messes up your day, or so late that it affects your sleep. And only do it to get the headlines.
If you’re a news junkie, please note that this is not the best time to binge-watch news programming. Fill each day with empowering and positive activities that will give you a sense of renewed hope. This will help take your mind off the bad news and help you focus on something more positive.
Do Everything You Can to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones
Sometimes, worry and anxiety may stem from other fears such as you or your kids catching the bug because you live in a multifamily flat.
To ease this fear and help you get some sense of control, you may have to get a new accommodation and move to a place where you control the access and exit. This is important because it can ease your concerns about you or your loved ones touching contaminated surfaces.
Spend Quality Time With Vaccinated Family and Friends
The pandemic showed one thing to us all: life is short. So, go spend a lot of time with family and friends.
Just make sure they’re vaccinated, and take all the necessary precautions such as wearing your masks and physical distancing. This way, you can all have fun, enjoy each other’s company, and get some sorely needed relief from the mental stress.
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