Dealing with a pandemic of this magnitude, we are all understandably becoming anxious and uncertain about the future.
All the little things that consumed our life previously are no longer as important.
There is a new reality now.. One of survival, planning and isolating.
For those of you who are already living with C-PTSD, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions, this time is especially triggering..
For those of you in the ‘at risk groups’, life can feel terrifying..
Here are a few tips that are keeping me sane and might help you too!
- Try and hold onto the positives even though the reality is extremely daunting.
- Whenever anxiety creeps in, take several deep breaths and be kind to yourself.
- Keep a daily log of 3 things you are grateful for on each day.
We are dealing with an unprecedented reality, it is normal to feel overwhelmed.
- Try and stop yourself from engaging too much with social media or news on the Coronavirus.
- Distract yourself with things you enjoy. There is nothing wrong with binge watching Netflix series at this time or reading lots of books..
- Even though you may be stuck at home, make sure you create a new stable routine for yourself and your family. Exercise, eat at the same time every day, do an activity together, have some alone time, have a shower at the same time each day etc. Since you have lost your normal routine, creating a new routine is extremely important.
- Try and eat healthy food as much as possible..Limit alcohol and sugar. Keep your immune system as healthy as possible
- Engage in your hobbies as much as possible
- Write your thoughts and worries in a journal or online blog
- Keep in touch with family and friends
How are you coping with this in your country?
I hope you are looking after yourselves at this difficult time dear readers.
Just remember, we are all in this together!
Lots of love
6 thoughts on “Creating a new normal – Covid 19”
Hi Athina.. I am trying to keep the radio off as there is too much about it on the news.. .I think its good to be mindful of health but an obsessive focus on it all is destructive.. I was triggered yesterday as my therapist said she is considering only seeing clients remotely.. anyway I cant fight anything Covid 19 is causing.. I love your advice about routine… that is so important along with the other things.. Lots of love to you.. Deborah
Hi Deborah, I am glad you are looking after yourself.. Whenever things continue to change and more restrictions are placed on us, it is normal that our anxiety levels will rise.. Routine is a safety net for me! Take good care!
I will…you too.⚘
Well there isn’t a whole lot we are allowed to do here in my state of Pennsylvania. All nonlife sustaining places have been ordered closed. I have no job now and I am extremely triggered. Next week I’m going to try to do my therapy through telegraphy and that has me scared as well. I never use the internet due to my past stalker. I’m not doing well to say the least
I am so sorry to hear this! I can only imagine how tough it must be for you! Too many crucial changes..Just break down your days ‘to one hour at a time’. Hug that doggie of yours! Take good care!
LikeLiked by 1 person
Thank you. Please take care as well