In these trying and uncertain times it's understandable to become anxious and worried about what is going to happen.
Here are some tips that are helping me, and that I think can help you navigate through these rough waters.
1. Stay Present
Don't project into the future. None of us know what tomorrow holds. Keep bringing yourself back to the present and ask yourself, What can I do right now? If nothing, try and relax. If there's something you can do, then do it.
2. Stay Busy
Don't sit in a chair or lie in bed letting your mind drive you crazy with worry. What are some things that you have been putting off that you can do today, tomorrow, or the next day?
Do you have hobbies that could occupy your time and relax you? Start doing those now.
3. Stay on a Routine
If you're forced to stay home, it's easy to lose track of time. Come up with a routine you can incorporate and follow that as much as you can. It will help you put your energies in the right direction.
4. Stay In Touch with Your Loved Ones
It can feel very isolating to be home by yourself. Reach out to those who love you. Talk about your fears, your hopes, and make sure you express your love to those people.
5. Stay in Shape
Just because you can't go to the gym doesn't mean you stop moving. Take long walks, exercise at home, dance...do whatever you can so that your body gets the movement it deserves. You'll be happy you did when life gets back to normal.
6. Stay Calm
Panic will not make things better. In fact, you'll feel worse. Calm yourself down by telling yourself, "I am OK. This too shall pass." And it will.
7. Stay Well Fed
Don't resort to emotional eating. Don't feast on junk food. Now, more than ever, you need to eat nutritious foods that are good for you. Avoid the simple sugars, and anything that doesn't serve your body well.
8. Stay Rested
Getting good sleep is essential. You want to make sure your body is in tip top shape. Sleep with help you with that.
Like everything else that happens in life, this will pass. Look back in history and note that no matter how bad things have gotten, over time, it all goes away.
If you need to talk to someone during these trying times, please reach out to me. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay well, healthy, and hopeful.