Millions of people around the world are struggling to find purpose and meaning in their lives because of the pandemic. David Kessler, a world expert on grief, said that the world is collectively grieving because of the loss of normalcy and loss of connection with our friends and family.
The first step to staying positive in these times is acceptance. It is okay to feel sad, worried, confused or lost in these times.
Beyond that, we at Veera have pulled together a few different methods you can use to maintain positivity and beat boredom during the lockdown.
Develop a hobby or creative activity
If you’re feeling overburdened with work from home, try to switch it up by reading that novel you’ve been putting off for months, drawing and painting, or even learning how to play a musical instrument. Another fun way to be creative is by writing—whether it’s a short story, poem, or even journaling your feelings—as it helps you put down your thoughts and feelings But remember to be patient; don’t berate yourself if you’re not being as productive as you want to be with your creative work. What matters is that you’re trying even in uncertain times like this COVID-19 quarantine!
Stay connected virtually
Connect with your family and friends through Zoom, Google Hangouts, FaceTime—it’s actually super easy and nice to plan Netflix viewing and/or dance parties! Are you single? If yes, then swipe right more often to open new opportunities for connections and friendships. Feel free to edit your profile on Bumble and Hinge to let others know that you are interested in conversations. Expand your horizons by chatting with new acquaintances. Who knows? You might find a new gaming partner, BFF or – gasp! – a partner.
Watch feel-good TV (The Office, anyone?) and movies, give yourself a home manicure, take long, warm baths, or do a heart-pumping home workout and meditate. It’s good to give yourself time to relax and process the unprecedented change in your life.
Some great exercise apps:
-SWEAT with Kayla: You can also just follow Kayla Itsines’ Instagram account for some effective home exercises without paying
-NIKE Training Club: They have over 185 free workouts, from strength and endurance to mobility and yoga
-Orangetheory Fitness: Their home workout YouTube videos are tough but engaging!
For meditation apps, try out Headspace and Calm; we swear by both!
Whip up your favourite dishes
Cooking does not have to be a chore when you are doing it for yourself. Raid your kitchen and see if you can try something new or improvise on your staple dish. If you are unsure about the recipe, you make a video call to your mum or browse your favourite YouTube cooking channel.
Solving a crossword or a puzzle or practising your Sudoku skills can be an excellent way to keep your mind active. You can also try downloading the game of scrabble on your phone and test your vocabulary. Sounds exciting?
Finish that home project
Do you keep forgetting to hand up those pictures on the wall? Never got around to finishing that Van Gogh's starry night? By completing a pending task, you will not only get a sense of accomplishment, but you can also enjoy your new, improved surroundings.
Find a new book to get lost in
If you have been an avid reader, you know the delicious feeling of being engrossed in a book and lose track of time. If not, now is an excellent time to buy some classics on Kindle and jump into a literary adventure. Also, ensure that you do not consume negative information on social media and get your facts right about the symptoms and prevention of COVID-19 from trusted sources.
Hope that helps you manage the stress and anxiety that comes with the lockdown. Feel free to chat with a mental health specialist on Veera. What other techniques are you using to stay positive? Let us know in the comments below!
Disclaimer: Content on Veera is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice, or as a substitute for medical advice given by a physician