The lockdown phase led to a massive slowdown of several industries, resulting in the closure of several small and medium businesses who could not adapt to the sudden changes. Large businesses, too, incurred a huge amount of losses and had to take several measures to budget their expenses to save costs. This has impacted the lives and the livelihood across the world. However, mental health of people has also been affected with time and staying positive during a pandemic has become incredibly challenging.
Employees have been working overtime, even from home, to meet the goals set while trying to manage their personal lives. If you feel as if managing everything together is overwhelming, we are here to help. Our list of 10 little habits will help you to stay positive during a pandemic and tackle the small and big hurdles that this year continues to present. To know how, continue reading below:
- Follow a set routine: Creating a routing is not just for sticklers, it is helpful for everyone. Science backs up how having a scheduled routine starting from the time you wake up to going about your day helps a person feel grounded, stable and in control of their personal life. When the external elements continue to cause disturbances, your routing is something that will always comfort you at times of such uncertainties.
- Exercise regularly: Exercising for 30-40 minutes daily is proven to lift your mood by releasing dopamine and feel good hormones. It will also help you stay fit, flexible, and mentally sharp by eliminating aching or frozen joints, brain fog and fat accumulation due to long working hours. Plus, your immunity will thank you in the age of a global pandemic!
- Sleep schedule: Having a fixed sleep schedule will do wonders for your body clock, metabolism, and mental health. Insufficient and irregular sleep messes with your deep sleep cycle, which is probably why you wake up fatigued even after sleeping for 7 hours or more. Ensure that you put your phone in a different room so there are no distractions while you sleep or first awaken.
- Eating right and getting natural light: Eating a balanced and nutritious diet comes with no exceptions since we cannot afford to fall ill this year. You can use one of the popular vegans, vegetarian or non-vegetarian meal preps available on food blogs to help you save time and stay healthy. Getting natural sunlight for at least 15-20 minutes a day will help your circadian rhythm adjust, helping elevate your mood and beat stress better.
- Pursue holistic healing methods: Holistic healing methods such as affirmations, EFT and CBT are very uplifting when you are feeling stressed. The goal is to bring you to the present rather than being anxious over the past or future, which is something we all need right now.
- Enroll in therapy: You do not have to reach a breaking point to go to therapy since therapy is for everyone. If you feel bogged down by work or life, are struggling to cope with this year’s events, have suffered personal loss or simply feel too heavy to function normally, consider talking to a therapist from your employee welfare program as it can be very helpful. If you have a pre-existing diagnosis of mental health illness, make sure that you do not skip on your sessions as they are a necessity during difficult times.
- Reconnect with abandoned old hobbies: Pick up your old instrument or crayon set and get back in touch with old hobbies. You will find that your inner child needs to play and can use some relief through old and familiar habits.
- Stay in touch with friends: Sometimes you may feel like isolating yourself when things get difficult but reaching out to your community for care is what will help you. Even a single friend or family member who understands you will make you feel seen or heard, which makes a world of difference when in pain.
- Create or listen to music: Music can heal and create a safe space for your mind through different frequencies. Tune into your favourite songs, find a new genre you will like or pick up an instrument yourself to de-stress.
- Meditate and journal: Meditation and journaling are two activities we highly recommend for their stabilising power. When you meditate, you focus on your breath and the now, which helps with managing anxiety and any disturbing emotions by giving you time to sort them out. Journaling is a great outlet for pent up emotions and your innermost thoughts with complete privacy.
‘Tough times don’t last, tough people do’ is the mantra everyone is chanting to get by the year 2020. In what may seem like a sudden series of global changes that none of us were prepared for, be it a climate change or the COVID-19 pandemic, and the aftereffects it brought about in the economy, this year has challenged us all on professional as well as personal fronts. You can read more about managing your career by reading more of our jobseeker blogs.
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