The Guide to Staying Sane in the Pandemic

How to stay mentally and physically healthy during Covid-19, which has pushed every human far from their loved ones.

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The year 2020 began with an explosion of Covid-19 cases. Instead of celebrations, there was a big gloom growing inside of everyone. Each Covid positive case eventually took us closer to being quarantine.

It was unbelievable for everyone. It felt like being in a Marvel movie where the world is shadowed by a virus that will slowly eat everyone up. A marvel movie without superheroes. Instead, the mortals themselves became superheroes. The nurses, the doctors. This noble profession attended to the sick while endangering themselves to the threat. Many of them didn’t go back to their homes because they martyred while curing the ill.

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This pandemic has shown us that in the end, no monetary value matters. It is only a healthy, fulfilling life that matters.The pandemic isn’t kind to anyone. No age group, no financial position, and no designation. People are losing lives in a snap.

People who are bickering about the lockdown and how they are shunned from going to their favorite places should be thankful that they have a roof above them and are safe.

We should count our blessings and realize the value life holds. How precious having a healthy life is.

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After a few stable months of negligible cases in countries like India,Brazil, Italy, the cases are shooting up again and how. People are losing lives. There isn’t one person who hasn’t lost their near and dear ones to this virus. Dead bodies are being treated like mere trash. People in the hospital are lying like dirty clothes piled up in a washing machine. Families aren’t getting a chance of final adieus.

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How to stay sane in this period? How not let depression or negative thoughts take over?

1. Accept the situation

Accepting, no matter how bitter the truth is the first step towards sanity. Accept that it is happening around you and it is not going to end soon. Accept that people will lose their lives. Accept that it is a part of our lives now.

Wearing masks, using sanitizers is a routine part. Do not beat around the bush, do not live in denial of the situation. Accept it and formulate how you can cope with it, how you can help others to cope with it.

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2. Stop sulking

Of course, have feelings, don’t become a cold-hearted person. Just don’t stay in the attitude where you are still in shock and treat it like an alienated thing. Rather, study about it.

Have an informed knowledge about it. How you can treat it? What should be done if the situation is mild or serious? How to treat it at home? How to prevent it? What is the aftercare of a person recovered from the virus? Stay informed about all the new medical solutions coming up. This will help you to stay calm, not feel out of the place and guide others as well.

Do not stay in the zone of “What is happening around us?” Rather find answers to it.

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3. Live a routine life

Just because you are to stay home doesn’t mean you will scatter your life in pieces. Do not encourage a bad sleep cycle or surrender yourself to the mindless scrolling on smartphones. Stay on schedule. Have a time frame of sleep, eating, or exercising. Set little happy tasks for yourself which make you calm and content.

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These can be anything, a good skincare routine, a good movie which you always wanted to watch but never did, dressing up, cooking new cuisines, even eating a spoonful of Nutella.

4. Build your future

Every time passes, this too shall pass. Have hope for the future. See yourself in the future and start working towards building the life you actually want to live. Kick the inhibitions and take up that hobby, brush it up and make it your career or not. Just do it for the happiness of it. You have always wanted to post a makeup tutorial on Instagram? Go ahead, do it. Do you want to start your career as a writer? Grab that laptop and start writing.

Do not fret about it. If anything, this pandemic has taught us how unpredictable life is to shy away or wait for the ‘right time’.

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Everybody can have a different set of goals. For some, it may be reading several books while for some it may be watching retro movies. Try and inculcate productive and achievable goals.

5. Surround yourself with positivity

Have positive thoughts. I know it is easier said than done. But it is a practice.

Surrounding yourself with positivity doesn’t always mean being 24/7 happy go lucky, cheery, and positive. It means that even if you’re having a moment of negative thoughts you can get out of it and not stuck in a rut.

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Stay connected with your loved ones through calls. Check up on each other. Do not outcast a person who is having a hard time with the situation and is being negative. Help him out, show him the silver lining, the little blessing he has in his life.

6. Trust the process

Do not push yourself to a change. It is a valiant process that is achieved step by step. Build it organically for yourself rather than making a pressing note of it. Things that build organically last longer and things forced on oneself collapse very quickly.

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Everybody has bad feelings. Let them out and start afresh. You are not a robot who will feel happy all the time. Do not compare you're coping up process to others. Sure, take inspiration but don’t be insecure or feel left behind. It is not a race. It is your life and you can decide the speed of it.

Did my ideas help you in some way? Share how have you helped yourselves and others around you during these times. Share your thoughts and help others as well.

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Rachel Grace

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