Hi Just want to have a bit of a positive post on this forum with some tips for dealing with this horrific situation. Unfortunately i can’t offer anything for people who this will financially hurt and those who are most at risk. It’s absolutely awful and I hope you get through it.
But mentally, this is an incredibly trying time for everyone. We are all in some stage of the 5 stages of grief, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. We won’t all go there in order, and we won’t stay in acceptance, I’ve definitely hit every one at some point, I feel I’ve got acceptance to a point and have some a few things that may help me and others stay there.
1/ don’t spend your day consuming information about the coronavirus. This just leads to fear and depression, keep up to date with what the latest advice is, follow it, and move on.
2/ delete social media apps. Hence why I’m posting this here and not there. They can be all-consuming, toxic, and ill informed. They are the best way to fall into the trap of 1/
3/ exercise. A really good one for keeping spirits up, releases endorphins, blah blah blah. But seriously there’s plenty of exercise routines you can do for all levels, even 5 minutes in the morning. I was a gym instructor for a while so I’m happy to help if anyone needs advice.
4/ set a routine. This is particularly important if you have to self-isolate. A routine really helps to keep focused and not get cabin fever. I work with vulnerable people, so I’m pretty much already doing that when I’m not at work and there’s a fair to good chance I may have to do it at work. So I’ve got my goals and routine up and running.
.read for at least an hour a day.
.at least 20’000 steps a day.
. Box set I want to rewatch, 1 episode a day.
Etc. Etc. One of my goals is not to shave till all this is over. Pointless. But it’s a focus.
This is awful, and I know it’s so much worse for so many other people. But if you can, try and take whatever positives you can from this period.
Take care folks.