How To Stay Sane During The Pandemic
Last year and this year have been different kinds of stressful. While the first lockdown showed us what it meant to be isolated and alone, the second wave brought about a sense of dreadfulness and in many cases, helplessness. So while India and the world is still battling with a disease the likes of which we have never seen before, we thought of sharing a few ways to stay sane this summer.
- Volunteer - Join local communities online or offline to help out where you can or join hands with NGOs working for the less fortunate.
- Make a list of all the procrastinated jobs at home - We’ve all been victims of procrastination. So make a list of all the jobs you’ve procrastinated and then start working on them one day at a time.
- Choose games which bring out the competitive spirit in the whole family - Every family has a competitive streak. Bring the family together for a couple of hours a week for games night.
- Take time to find and share an uplifting story - Social media has been a great platform for spreading information, getting help and seeing the worst side of this pandemic. However it can also be a great source to read uplifting stories of people coming together, lending a helping hand, going the extra mile. Take your time to find and share such inspiring stories as a moral booster.
- Regain some basic routines - The first thing that’s lost during a lockdown is the loss of basic routines. The comfort of sitting at home makes us lazy and a little complacent. But sticking to a routine helps the day go faster and helps you finish work in a much more efficient manner.
- Step away from the screens - Take a break. This is probably the most important step in staying sane. Shut off all your devices, close all screens and take to nature. Take a walk on your terrace, enjoy the weather from your balcony, read a good book with a cold glass of ice tea or take a nap.
- Improve your roti making skills - Not an easy task mind you. Making those round and soft rotis are not as easy as they seem. But we’re talking about cooking in general and not just rotis. Cooking is known to be a great way to relax, let go of your anxiety and concentrate on the task at hand.
- Create a balance between tea and tequila - While a lot of times alcohol seems to be the answer, not every problem can be solved with a glass of tequila sunrise. Maintain a balance between tea and tequila.
- Ration your news/social media feed - Mindless and endless scrolling of the different social media platforms is bad for your mental health. Create boundaries and timelines for your scrolling sessions and stick to them at all costs. This will help you stay connected to reality and the world while not driving you up a tree.
- Change your habits - Change is not something everyone is comfortable with. But like the great minds have said before, change is good. Change your habits a little by little. Wake up half an hour early, spend an hour cultivating a new hobby, sleep an hour earlier and see the difference it makes.
- Stay connected - While we’re all locked in our houses, stay connected with your closest family and friends. Video calls, group chats, phone calls, use all means to speak with your people daily and stay in touch.
- Make a list of movies you want to watch, but watch them at specific times only - Create your own blockbuster list and showtimes. But don’t binge watch them all at once. Create your own movie timetable and watch them accordingly with a tub of popcorn and some scans.
- Write - One of the most cathartic things to do (and we are not biased) is writing your feelings down and letting your thoughts flow. So we’re opening up our blog to our community. Send us an email with your articles and stand a chance to get your article published. No topic is off limits as long as it does not -
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