10 Mental Coping Strategies for COVID Pandemic
The pandemic continues to be a daily struggle for everyone's mental health today. The world has adjusted to the new normal, but the trouble is no one knows when the normal we once knew will come back. The anxiety of the situation can cause many mental health struggles that people should strategically and adequately address.
Isolation is the consequence of people having to stay socially distant from one another. It is the feeling of loneliness or disconnectedness from oneself, their experiences, or their other relationships.
People understand that social distancing is necessary, but they have to deal with the increased anxiety, depression, stress, and loneliness that comes with it. Understand the isolation created by the pandemic is vital to understanding how to cope with it.
Experts say there are three kinds of isolation. These are interpersonal, intrapersonal, and existential isolation:
1. Interpersonal Isolation
Excess alone time can cause one to feel as though their friendships and familial relationships are slowly dying, and this causes anxiety and stress.
2. Intrapersonal Isolation
This is the feeling that a person no longer knows who they are any more or that a part of who they are is gone.
3. Existential Isolation
All people have unique perceptions, feelings, and thoughts about experiences in life. When other people cannot connect to or acknowledge these feelings, that person will begin to feel alone.
Mental Coping Strategies
People are facing one or more kinds of isolation while staying home alone. These will continue to be problems the more prolonged the pandemic goes on, so everyone needs to find ways to protect their well-being.
Thankfully, there are many ways to deal with the pandemic's heavy struggles so people can live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives while it goes on.
Accept the Reality of the Situation
The first strategy is to mentally and emotionally accept the reality of the situation.
The world doesn't know when things will return to normal, and while it can be scary to think about, it's also ok. Many things that affect when the world will open again are out of most people's control. So it's up to everyone to acknowledge what they can control and do the best they can. Accepting that the current situation is both difficult and real is the first step to overcoming it.
Creating A Routine
Routines create structure in life. They regulate emotions and habits, so every day is easier to process. Nowadays, people must devise their own routines because the forces that influenced routines before are now gone. The excess free time causes boredom, apathy, and anxiety. To help each day have more meaning, people can structure times of the day to do things, even if it is a rough plan.
Maintaining Pre-Pandemic Activities
The pandemic has temporarily restricted many of the things everyone used to do. There are activities in everyone's control that are still possible, and these can help people feel a sense of normalcy again. Things like grocery shopping, cooking, and household chores are great activities for people to include in their daily or weekly routines to preserve some familiarity with their day.
Focusing on Opportunities
Most people now have more free time than ever. They can use this time to pursue the goals or hobbies that they didn't have time for when the world was up and running like it used to. Many people have taken online classes, learned new skills, or have worked harder on side businesses while in lockdown.
Take News and Social Media Breaks
As informative as the news is, it can become heavy and depressing to watch too much of it. It's important to know when to turn the news off or take a step back from social media to improve mental health. The information overload can lead to anxiety and depression, so people have to know when they need to be informed and when they've had enough.
Studies show that sleep is how people emotionally repairs themselves. Sleeping promotes the immune system and mental health. A routine during the day helps people sleep better at night too. Developing a regular sleep schedule of sleeping and waking up at the same time is another way for people to stay mentally healthy during the pandemic.
Take Care of the Body
Diet and exercise remain the pillars of health even in a pandemic. A great way to boost emotional and mental well-being is to prioritize essential physical needs. The self-care in this area helps people fight off the apathy and boredom they feel. Balanced diets and exercise work together to keep the body strong and resilient.
Stay Virtually Connected With Others
It is more important than ever for people to talk to one another. Technology allows social interactions between people, even now. People can plan video calls or host group calls with friends to keep up personal relationships. While they feel unnatural, these video calls are crucial for preserving connectedness and reducing isolative feelings.
Studies show that therapeutic journaling is a proven way to connect events in life and reflect on experiences. Whether an online journal or a physical one, journaling helps individuals understand and respond to emotions. The pandemic is a difficult time, but it presents people with an opportunity to get in touch with themselves and work toward more fulfilling lives.
Online therapy is another great asset for people to deal with isolation. Therapists are there to acknowledge feelings and emotions so people know how to respond to them. The pandemic is an overwhelming time for people, so therapists can help people sort out the struggles they face to live better lives.
The factors that affect how long the pandemic will continue are largely out of the common person's hands. Taking care of oneself becomes an increased responsibility, but it is a unique opportunity for people to develop proactivity with their days and mental health. Ultimately, people can get to know themselves better and become mentally stronger even in the pandemic.
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