These are scary times we’re living in, y’all. It seems like every time I turn on the news, the anchors are saying something different about COVID-19. Still, I refuse to let this situation get the best of me. Here are four tips to cope with isolation and stress during the pandemic. I’m trying my best to see the glass as half-full.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
Who knew that staying at home would be so exhausting? I never thought I’d be this tired after not leaving my house for weeks. The truth is, sleep helps me recuperate. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, I shut my eyes for a much-needed catnap. I also used this time in self-isolation to design the ideal bedroom for sleep. I purchased blackout curtains and luxurious bed sheets online. Y’all, let me tell you—my bedroom is my favorite place in the world right now.
I never jumped on the meditation bandwagon. I never truly believed that someone could clear their mind and reach such a peaceful state. However, I decided to give it a try when I was bored a few weeks ago. Y’all, I feel like my life has changed forever. I love sitting out on my porch every morning and watching the sunrise. There’s something so calming about taking deep breaths and clearing my mind of chaos. Meditation has definitely made this unprecedented situation a little easier to get through.
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
I miss hanging out with my girlfriends. We used to share so many laughs over a bottle of wine. We’re still staying connected with each other; now, though, it’s through a computer. If you’re missing your loved ones during the pandemic, use Zoom to your advantage. It’s boring to spend the entire day by yourself. Video calls make the days more bearable and give me something to anticipate. Make sure everyone knows how to set up the call beforehand, though. I can’t tell you how long it took my parents to figure it out.
Y’all, I never kept a diary as a kid. I was too afraid someone would find it read all my secrets! However, I took up the hobby a few weeks ago, and I’m never looking back. For starters, how wild is it going to be to read my journal ten years from now? Soon, this pandemic will be a memory; we’ll nearly forget what social distancing entailed. I want to remember this moment in history, and I thought journaling was the best way to do that. Writing in my journal is incredibly therapeutic, too.
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned people’s lives upside down. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and scared about the situation. However, worrying will only make things worse. Instead, follow these tips on how to cope with isolation and stress. If you stay connected with your friends and do your best to keep your mind off of things, time will fly by quicker. Soon, life will return to normal, and I’ll finally have a glass of wine with my gals in person.