How To Stay Positive During Lockdown
The world may seem a little bleak right now, given that we are amid a global pandemic akin to something that happened way back in 1918 at the end of World War 1. But we are better prepared, and the early preparation has given us the hope that we will emerge on the other side of this.
From practicing social distancing to staying in the confines of our home, we are doing everything we can. However, all of this can take a toll on our collective mental health. And if you are someone who is already battling depression and anxiety, remember the world is here for you. Whether it is reaching out to a friend or cleaning your house, there are plenty of things to do in case all the self-isolation is triggering your depression.
1. Listen To Soothing Music
Whatever is your favorite genre, play it loud on speakers, and lie down for a while. While it is essential to tick off things from your to-do list, it is equally important to rest and relax. And with the extra time we have been given, you can listen to all the good music you love.
Moreover, this always helps in lowering anxiety or any depressing thoughts we might have from time to time.
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2. Read A Book
There are plenty of books that remind us how the world is not such a bad place after all, and every adversity, however colossal it may seem will eventually pass. Pick such books to pass the day and relax your mind. You will feel better, and reading a book is always a good thing to do.
3. Soak In The Warmth Of The Sun
Staying indoors 24×7 is not good for us. But since we can’t step outside (until absolutely necessary), it is important to try and sit in the sunlight whenever you can. Whether you sip your morning tea on your balcony or go on the terrace for a session of soaking in the warmth of the sun, there are plenty of ways to get in that good Vitamin D, essential for your body.
4. Exercise And Get Your Dose Of Endorphins
If all the gyms, fitness centers, and parks are closed because of government orders, it is a good idea to put on some home workout videos and get moving. Whether you are a fan of pilates, classic yoga, or HIIT workout, the internet has everything, and a lot of places are offering free sessions until the pandemic is over. Make use of all this and inculcate a new exercise regime – you can start here.
5. Focus On Mindful Things
Instead of spending 10,000 hours sitting in front of your laptop/TV and binge-watching away the complete lockdown, get up, and make an effort to do mindful things. Whether it is meditation or painting for you, do something that calms your mind instead of filling away from the background with endless chatter of fictional characters.
Re-organize your closet, clean your house, or simply try cooking something for yourself, and it will make you feel much better.
6. Have A Houseparty And Video Calls With Your Kin/Pals
If you are staying alone, the mere fact that you haven’t seen your friends or family for a long time can trigger anxiety. Make sure you are not just conversing with them on the phone but having face-to-face contact, of course, virtually. Have a video call with the entire family or download apps like Houseparty and play trivia games while you reconnect with everyone.
7. Limit The News Intake
Your news intake right now can be the number one reason for spiraling out. The increase in the number of cases and various conspiracy theories regarding the virus is not good for your mental health. Make sure you limit the amount of news you are listening to daily. This includes your media consumption as well. Put your phone away for a good couple of hours every day to escape from all the jargon emanating from it.
Above all, remember that you can always reach out to people. You are not alone in this, and it is a matter of weeks before we all conquer this. Stay safe, stay home, and take care of yourself.