From health worries to unemployment and stay-at-home orders, millions of people across the globe are feeling anxious about the coronavirus pandemic. People are worried about being quarantined and not having a lot of control.

But how we react to this situation makes all the difference. It is essential to take care of yourself to ensure you’re adequately equipped to help yourself and your family through this difficult time.

No one is immune to panic. As stress and fear run high, taking care of yourself and finding ways to cope with stress will make you and the people around you stronger.

Here are a few things you can do to remain healthy and happy throughout these uncertain times:

Eat Healthy Food To Fuel Your Body

With everything going on, nutrition and healthy eating can easily fall by the wayside. But unlike ever before, it is crucial to fuel our bodies with healthy foods. The increased mental and physical stress calls for healthy eating as a way to support our body’s defense mechanisms to fight off illnesses or recuperate quickly in case we fall ill.

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus lockdown, more people are eating at home, so it’s a good time to try new recipes you’ve been hoping to explore. Consider different ingredients that you have stocked; get creative with them. You can arrange your grocery list to ensure you have a healthy plan for every meal. If you’re worried about going to the grocery store, frozen vegetables and fruits can be a great alternative. Also, if the immune system boosters work for you, you can order them from health and wellness companies, like Happy V.

Try Different Ways Of Connecting With Your Family, Friends, And Support Systems

Social interaction is vital to our wellbeing. After all, humans are highly social animals who can’t possibly do without some form of interaction or social contact. The social distancing guideline and other related measures imposed by various states mean we can no longer interact as we used to—at least not for now.

However, the increased feeling of sadness and confusion at this time makes it even more important to connect and talk to people you trust, like your parents or a trusted adult. You can easily keep yourself connected through apps such as Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype, which are ideal for virtual hangouts. This way, you can still hold tea parties, coffee klatches, dining parties, happy hours, and so forth.

Limit Your Exposure To News

Nowadays, the news moves so quickly, but it does not mean that you need to catch every unfolding event. You do not have to consume more media than a few times a day; otherwise, you’re creating more anxiety. Even if you’re a typical news junkie, too many updates can do more harm than good.

Whether you’re reading, listening, or getting news from social networks, hearing and learning about the bushfire-style spread of the novel Coronavirus, and routine announcements of loss of lives multiple times a day can be quite disturbing. If you’re the type who leaps in the middle of the night, or binges on until you feel a little sick, it is time to let go. Getting updated may give you a false sense of control, but you need to be away from its potential negative effects.

Look Out For Signs And Symptoms Of Stress

Most of the things you’ve read so far on this post can help you overcome stress and anxiety. Healthy eating, limiting news exposure, and getting connected with people are all great for mitigating the effects of anxiety and stress on our bodies. Positive thinking is another additional technique.

Perhaps the right place to start is to remember and acknowledge the good things that have happened in your life. Show gratitude for the many things you still have, such as life, family, health, food, or whatever it may be. This positive action is quite powerful and essential as a health practice. If you’re unable to control your stress and it gets in the way of your daily activities, be sure to call your healthcare provider.

Have A Good Cry When You Feel The Need

Without a doubt, the Coronavirus pandemic has proven to be one of the most spine-chilling outbreaks in recent history. As a result, it is perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed. Since the consequences of repressing our grief and natural fear are grave, you do not have to just “keep calm and carry on.” It is reasonable to have a temporary meltdown, preferably in the privacy of your room, and then emerge clear-headed and better able to cope. This is not only beneficial to you but for helping others as well.

Final Thoughts

Different people react differently to stressful situations. Remember that the way you respond to the situation will influence the reaction of the people you care about and, indeed, the community around you. The good thing is that the worldwide pause may have some silver lining to it—it offers a rare opportunity for you to think about the things that are actually important as opposed to running in the same direction without thinking.

Cite this article as:
Editorial Staff, "How to Take Care of Yourself During This Pandemic," in Medicalopedia, May 5, 2020, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/8821/how-to-take-care-of-yourself-during-this-pandemic/].