Staying Calm And Centered In Times Of Corona Panic: Amazing At Home Activities To Get Started Today
As COVID-19 slowly makes its way into major cities and small suburbs across the nation, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to remain calm during the pandemic and not panic.
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We have been told by authorities to say in our homes in order to prevent spread. That does not mean that we should go crazy inside our home and solely focus on what is happening with world outside. I find the news can be too upsetting, and have even seen several times where it’s not true.
Try to limit how much news you watch, especially some of the overhyped reporting. Why? Because this only propagates fear and anxiety.
First and foremost, get updates and facts from reliable sources, and then focus your attention elsewhere.
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I’m sure you already know that you should avoid contact with other people and wash your hands more carefully, but your ability to remain calm comes from within. That means you’ll have to take the necessary steps in reducing your stress and anxiety and promoting calmness while the virus runs its course.
We’re going to go over three of the best ways that you can stay calm and centered in times of COVID-19 panic!
Meditation & Mindfulness
So, I know most of us may be anxious and feeling stressed because of the rapid spread of Coronavirus. Feeling anxious isn’t fun, so finding something to calm you is the key.
If you’ve never attempted meditation or any mindfulness techniques in the past, this is the perfect time to try them out and get some practice under your belt.
According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation can play a huge role in helping you to maintain your mental and emotional health. It can even benefit some aspects of your physical health too.
Here’s what meditation can do for you.
● Give you a greater, more positive outlook on life
● Increased feelings of calmness
● Greater self-awareness
● Reduced levels of anxiety and stress
● Improved focus
The best part is: There are plenty of different types of meditation.
If you’re able to focus for long periods of time, you might want to try out guided meditations or visualization techniques. You may be able to find some of these on the App or Google Play store. You can download them and listen in the early morning or evening.
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If you’re looking for more mindfulness during the day you may want to give yoga or Pilates a go. These activities will help you to get in shape, burn some calories all while helping you gain greater self-awareness.
Of course, as a Christian, I find prayer to be a huge benefit. It gives me a sense of calm knowing that my prayers and thanksgivings are being heard. Even though I can’t go to church right now, I’m finding other ways to pray, say daily devotions and pray during my walks.
Finding a Creative Outlet
You might be stuck in the house for the next few weeks, but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to going stir crazy. In fact, that’ll probably only increase your feelings of panic during such trying times!
This is a great time to try out some new (or old) creative hobbies. When you’re focused on building or creating something new, you’re reducing the amount of focus on the negativity surrounding you. That means creativity is a solid way of helping you to relax.
A creative outlet can be almost anything. Here are a few things you might want to try out (if you have the supplies in your house)
● Painting, coloring, or drawing: these are also easy supplies to order online or pick up curbside from a local arts & crafts store.
● Singing or playing musical instruments
● Taking photos or videos of things you enjoy. I’ve seen some photography sites with photo challenges – things like – take a photo of something in your living room. Maybe create a challenge with a few friends.
● Building something with things lying around the house. Create a challenge with friends to create something using 5 ordinary household items like a soda can, a milk jug, some duct tape and string.
● Writing. I find myself writing about this time. Journaling my days during this unprecedented time. Who knows – maybe your grandchildren will want to do a history project on your notes some day.
● Puzzles – LOTS of people are building puzzles. Maybe you can find a way to swap puzzles with friends. You can also order custom puzzles or play a puzzle app on your tablet.
● Reading something and then writing an essay about it (yes, remember English 101 class?). This is a great way to take your mind off the world’s troubles. Now, I may just prefer reading for pleasure and drop the essay part!
Basically, the goal here is to find an activity or task that requires an intense amount of focus and makes you happy. You won’t even notice that you spent the last hour drawing your favorite cartoon character.
Giving Back & Helping Others
It’s completely natural to be fearful of the unknown but giving back to others can help you to tackle this fear once and for all. When you’re giving back to the community or helping those in need, you’ll be working to spread compassion and happiness rather than fear and anxiety.
With so many people sick or self-quarantined, most people aren’t permitted to leave the home. However, these individuals do still have needs that they now can’t meet on their own.
As long as you’re keeping your distance and not exposing anyone to the virus, you can deliver food and groceries or do things like their yard work. I know lots of elderly folks who would love to have food delivered or their yard mowed.
It’ll make you feel good about yourself while also helping those who need it! So, call your neighbors, post something on your Facebook to let those in need know you are available and how they can get in contact with you.
You can’t do anything yourself when it comes to curing or stopping the spread of COVID-19, but there are things you can do that can reduce your panic and invoke an overwhelming sense of calmness.
By taking advantage of mindfulness, looking for a creative outlet, and even giving back to those who need it, you’ll be able to stay calm and centered and enjoy the moments as they come.