Keeping positive vibes during the COVID-19 pandemic seems like a daily task right now. Does anybody really know what they should be thinking in the midst of a pandemic? We are exposed to the news on radio, television and newspaper; then there’s social media, Facebook and WhatsApp messages. There is so much to focus on, so much to hear and read, so many sources, it really is so overwhelming!
Check out my earlier post on The Lockdown Lifestyle
Realistically it is almost always bad news. We are faced with feelings of fear, panic, confusion, worry, anger, stress and these are all normal responses but how do we cope and keep up our positive vibes through COVID-19?
Self-care means taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy, you can be well, you can do your job, you can help and care for others, and you can do all the things you need to and want to accomplish in a day. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced negative feelings. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.
Self-care can and may be anything from listening to music, cooking, meditating, exercise, praying etc. – whatever comforts you and bring you joy and peace. Anything to keep up the positive vibes during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Set up a 15-day self-care routine for 15 minutes a day, and see how you feel before and after. And never forget: As with everything, self-care takes practice!
Education and Fact Check
Educate yourself and others with accurate information such as proper hand washing and cleaning practices, clinics and hospitals to seek help from when needed, and places to buy cleaning materials etc. Familiarize yourself with legit websites and sources for FAQs and information.
Fact check everything! I have personally called out people for sharing false/outdated news which creates unnecessary panic, especially with the older folks. Fact-check any news you receive from different places against more trustworthy sources. Blindly follow actions and recommendations you receive without fact-checking, may lead to further confusion and unhelpful or irrational behaviors such as excessive purchases of food and medical supplies, and holding stigma against people with sickness.
Also, having COVID-19 and testing positive for Coronavirus is not something to be ashamed about, it should not be kept secret. Tell those who you’ve come into contact with. Having friends and family support during this time makes it a little easier getting through this time.
South African Coronavirus website: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/
Connect with others
Caring for vulnerable loved ones with a lockdown in place is a challenge many of us are now facing. Current restrictions have changed the way we live and interact and it can be tricky to know how best to support those we care about. Talking to friends and family during the lockdown can be beneficial to your mental health and theirs.
Looking back on when I tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized; having texts, voice notes and videos from friends and family really uplifted my mood. Mentally, it was extremely challenging and I can only imaging how difficult it must be for some but staying connected through social media and now more platforms becoming available for instant communication, definitely helps bring about those positive vibes.
This pandemic is a first for everyone, an experience like no other. Be kind to everyone and yourself. Apart from the challenges of the lockdown and the virus, people are experiencing new highs of everyday challenges. Being quarantined and in isolation can make it even more difficult to experience. If you see or come across someone who is struggling, lend a helping hand or a listening ear; you may be the only one that shows them kindness. This is some of the ways I “Choose Kindness“.
Reach out for help
If you find yourself struggling, in any way – reach out for help. Talking to someone about what you are feeling or experiencing may help bring about the clarity or understanding that you require. This is not the time to bottle up anything or stay quiet about it. If you feel that you may need to speak to a professional, reach out for help. There are many avenues to reach out to; Google what you need in your specific area or there are many online options to help you out.
It is so important that we don’t give in to any negativity at this time; when there is already so much going around. Now is the time to spread love, kindness, caring and prayer from a distance!