The Prime Minister announced that the lockdown has been extended till May 3rd. While many of us have not stepped out of our homes for the last 21 days, Lockdown 2.0 is going to be stricter restrictions. It is extremely important for all of us to stay positive and fight this together. Here’s how you can master positivity in the times of coronavirus lockdown.
When the world as we know it has gone for a toss, it is quite difficult to emerge positive. We are surrounded by doom and gloom— filled with news of death and ailment. To be able to stay positive in such hard times takes every ounce of energy within us. Since most of the news associated with the virus talks of how the virus is inversely affecting major cities, businesses, economies, and the life count; it is fairly easy to be lost in all the negativity and the drastic long-term changes it brings. During such times, optimism is not a friend of even the strongest among us.
However, it is imperative for all of us to not be wrapped up with each article of news, or every new facet of the fast-spreading virus. It is crucial that we do not absorb all of the information about COVID-19 aside from what is suggested we must know to ensure our protection. It is similar to what we say, too much of something is harmful. In this case, it is harmful to our mental health. Here are eight powerful ways you can try to stay positive during this time!
Many of us have resorted to planning our days around the news hour in a bid to learn more about the dangers of the coronavirus. Let us be honest, each time you refresh your browser, there will be a new news article for you to look at. You should actively avoid spending every waking moment looking up 24-hour news channels or dire warnings from the web. Instead, choose a single news source and decide how much limited time you’ll spend with it each day.
You’re stronger than you know. It is fairly easy to be engulfed in the hopelessness that the pandemic brings with it, but hope goes a long way. Hope is what keeps us going. Get hope from your past resilience. Know that you will get through this. You have got through so many things in the past because of your strength, and you will conquer this as well. You made it through! And you are stronger because of it.
Dog videos are always funny, right? And always helpful to take your mind off of stressful things. Stressed at work? Watch a fun video to relax. Got an exam and need to take a break? Watch a fun video. Got a pandemic that might crush your spirits? Watch a fun video! Understand that Dumbledore was indeed right when he said, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Allow happiness to seep through to you in these dark times, one video at a time!
If your immune system is able to put up a fight against coronavirus, understand that you’re incredibly lucky. You may be at a low risk of consequences, but there are many who aren’t that lucky. Many people’s immune systems are compromised. Helping them at a time when even going out to get groceries can be horrible for them, make sure to help every chance you get. The act of checking in on them (keeping six feet apart, of course) will not only make them feel better but also they will know that they’re not alone during this hard time.
Since the lockdown has led to the closing down of many restaurants and cafes across the country, most small businesses have taken a hit. They’re struggling to keep the restaurant in business and provide for their staff. You could support your favourite outlet by donating directly on their websites. Many dining out apps have also begun distributing gift cards which can be purchased now and used later when the situation gets better. If your favorite restaurant is listed on Swiggy or Zomato, you could place an order once in a while, it’s a win-win for both, right?
There is an abundance of time, now that we are at home at all times. For most of us, each day is a question of how to pass the time effectively and not keep lying on the couch 24*7. Now’s the time to work on everything you neglected in the past due to lack of time. Pick up a new hobby or go back to an old one, stay happy during this lockdown! When I say work on what you neglected, I also mean you. Most of the time we neglect ourselves and this lockdown can also negatively affect that. Understand that this is a time of crisis, not a vacation. So if you make time for new hobbies that is wonderful, but it is also wonderful if you take time out for yourself. Just because you cannot physically chart your inner growth, does not mean you’re not doing great. This is a time out, not a productivity crash course! Learn a new skill or take care of yourself first, choose your fighter!
Leave an envelope with a little gift for the Amazon, Swiggy, Dunzo delivery person who drops off your supplies outside your door. Or feed the strays in your locality. Your kindness doesn’t require a monetary outlay. Write an unsolicited book review for a friend of yours who is an author. Comment on a colleague’s LinkedIn post. Send a note of appreciation to a friend or colleague. Many in the entire country of Italy broke out in song and applause to honor their healthcare workers. Thank the security guard in your building or workplace for their efforts to keep things safe. Thank the essential workers who are working for you day and night. Think of those who could benefit from your thoughtfulness and generosity. Then act.
Close your day, every day, with a positive acknowledgment of something you accomplished, learned or are grateful for. It will help dilute some of the negativity you’ve absorbed and reminds you that not everything that’s happening right now is bad or depressing.
StayHome & StayPostive Folks.