Coronavirus Pandemic is Changing our Lives
how to stay sane in isolation
· by Heidi Williams ·
I know, I know we are all sick of hearing about the Coronavirus Pandemic! I am as well, but there is no escape from it. People are talking about it wherever you go. The news, social media, even the supermarket, with good reason this pandemic is unlike any we have seen in recent years. It is said to be the fastest moving virus to date and the casualties of this invisible villain are piling up.
Not only that, but it is also a common enemy, no one, no country, has been shielded from this storm, it’s affecting us all. Here in the states, they are shutting down entire states and panic is rampant. Good luck finding a roll of toilet paper! Curfews are being issued so the stress we all feel is very real.
Not only do we have to worry about getting sick but just about everyone is struggling with keeping their sanity while the kids are home, jobs and businesses shutting down for an undetermined amount of time. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you not only keep your stress low but enjoy this time in isolation:
Time To Improve Your Self-Care
How we take care of ourselves especially during this time can directly affect how our bodies react if we get sick. They have already stated that reasonably healthy people will recover and not suffer like those with serious lung conditions but given we all have more time on our hands why not do all we can to get healthier.
- Start eating healthier
- Exercise more
- Get more sleep
Try implementing a healthier lifestyle by using as many fresh ingredients in your meals. When we are busy we tend to reach for something quick. Now it’s a great time to get cooking, using more ingredients leaning more toward a plant-based diet.
We Are Too Addicted To Gyms
I, personally, don’t care much for gyms. Too many people, poor air quality and talk about germs and smells yuck! I love walking! Go outside (given you are still allowed to leave the house since various countries in Europe are already on full lockdown) and breathe the fresh air, see the spaces between the leaves.
Walking has been proven to get your blood pumping and clear the mind, you actually feel happier when you’re outside. I have been on a walking program since the summer and have dropped 30 pounds with just 3 miles a day. Honestly, I feel stressed if I don’t get my walk in.
Another benefit to our health during the CoronaVirus Pandemic is the added time to our daily lives means getting more sleep. On average working adults are only getting 6 or fewer hours of sleep. I get it, there is so much to be done. Statistics say we should be getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep to stay healthy, it’s even higher for children and teenagers. During the sleeping hours, our bodies repair themselves, they need the rest as much as our minds do.
How can I stay productive if I can’t work? Oh, there are so many productive ways to use your time its incredible! I first got into Content Writing because I was bored and unemployed and voila it turned into an income. You never know!
A Great Time To Be Online
Most of the time the advice is to disconnect more but with so much time on our hands and being forced to stay home spending time online is inevitable but that doesn’t mean wasting time by any means
- Take a course
- Improve your mind with brain games
- Learn something new every day
- Pick up a new hobby
- Develop and strengthen relationships
- Set goals for the rest of the year
The Internet is limitless with possibilities. Free courses on everything from photography to marketing are offered on tons of websites and online schools today.
Alison is one of my go-to’s. There are hundreds of courses all at no cost. Brain games are not only fun and challenging but will improve your brain function allowing you to be better at your job. I am loving these flashcard sites that improve memory. Check out Memorize Now
So let’s get writing! I love writing, there is no better way to get all of the feelings out or get organized. I recently wrote about Journaling because it really helped me to stay stress-free every day and also offer solutions, it is like being your own therapist.
Recently I saw a Ted Talk by Jim Rohn in which he said the way to success is improving yourself first. His exercise is a great way to not only be productive but have an effective plan for your success in 2020. Write 50 goals you want to accomplish. They can be just about anything. I highly suggest going old school with pen and paper to ensure the ideas stay fresh in your mind.
Lastly, yes, it’s almost over. Coronavirus Pandemic is a great time to build relationships. There are tons of places to connect with people online and stay connected. I have a Facebook Group for that very reason. It’s a chance to escape the grind, laugh, mesh ideas, maybe even find love.
I hope you all stay healthy and safe during this time!
by Heidi Williams
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