How to Stay Positive During COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, people are dealing with an outbreak of pandemic COVID 19. The novel Coronavirus has infected 12.4M people across the world and the death toll rate has crossed 559K as of 10th July 2020. It is spreading rapidly day by day. Nations are under quarantine. We hear about the same disappointing news every day on TV, newspaper, social media or talking with friends/family.

In this global pandemic, we are facing difficulties to maintain our mental state of mind because of staying at home, social distancing, isolation, fear of unemployment , economic instability, break in daily routine, fear of getting infected, anxiety, depression and uncertainty. It has badly affected our industries like Hotel, Travel and Tourism, airlines, education and many more. It will be challenging for everyone to stay positive and optimistic in this stressful environment.

Staying positive in today’s pandemic environment must be a priority to all of us. One should try to learn a positive mindset approach towards life and focus on all that is good in their life. This positive mindset will help you to utilize your energy in the right direction. It will help you to accomplish your dreams and goals and bring you happiness and satisfaction even during tough times. It is often said that good things happen to those with good positive mindset.

Here, there are some essential tips to stay positive, focused, optimistic and productive.

  1. Create Fixed Routine
  2. Exercise
  3. Meditation
  4. Take a Break from News
  5. Learning New Skills
  6. Stay Connected
  7. Eat Healthy and Sleep Well
  8. Laugh More
  9. “Me” Time
  10. Playing Games with Your Family/Partner
  11. Do House Hold Chores Together
  12. Cook Special Meals for Your Family
  13. Helping Others

Create Fixed Routine:-

Fixed Routine has become more important for all of us when we are self quarantined and working from home for almost 4 months. It will bring a sense of purpose in our life. You should try to make a fixed schedule about your food, exercises, studies/work, daily activities and sleep. If you are doing work from home, create a dedicated work space to stay focused and limit yourself from distraction. You should try to stick with fixed routine so you don’t feel bored and down. It can help you to be more productive in your task.

Exercise:-

It should be the main priority of your daily routine. It will help you to increase your overall health and well being. It can have a positive effect on your mood by releasing tension, anxiety, fear and depression which are caused by coronavirus pandemic. It can also strengthen your immunity which reduces your risk of illness and infection. During exercises, your body releases chemicals like endorphins which is helpful to improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed. It can act as a stress reliever. You can start with any kind of home based exercises like stretching the body, yoga, weight lifting, jumping jack, skipping, aerobics and walking. So, try to include an exercise routine into your day.

Meditation:-

As per Wikipedia, Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear state. One should start their day with a mindful meditation for at least 15 minutes. It brings our brain into an alpha state which will help you quiet your mind; achieve deep relaxation, increase happiness and positivity. It cleanses and nourishes you from within. So, the mind becomes completely fresh. I generally prefer it in the early morning instead of doing it at any time. It will help you to stay positive throughout the day.

Take a Break from News:-

You could watch a 24 hours news channel or read countless articles regarding coronavirus and overload your mind full of negativity, anxiety and fear. Too much news consumption can also affect your positivity and sleep. Instead, one should try to avoid looking up for the news every time. You should choose a specific time of the day from reliable resources to keep yourself updated from the current news and try to skip watching the news when you wake up or before going to bed to stay away from negativity.

Learning New Skills:-

If you have thought about acquiring new skills, this is the perfect time for us. We should use this time as an opportunity to learn a new skill such as new technologies from online resources to expand our knowledge, any musical instruments, art-craft activities, painting, cooking /baking, reading or whatever makes you happy. Do something creative and be engaged to utilize your energy in the right direction.

Stay Connected:-

Staying connected with friends & family is one of the most important ways to keep your mind positive and manage your mental health during self isolation. There are plenty of ways available to keep in touch with your loved one via telephone, email, social media or video conferencing. Talk with your friends/ families that make you feel better and charge yourself with positive energy.

Eat Healthy and Sleep Well:-

You should take care of yourself by eating healthy food that boosts your immune system. You should increase your intake of fruits and veggies which provides you essential vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. There is a close relationship between diet and mood. Healthy diet can significantly change your mood and well being.

Adequate sleep is one of the influencing factors to stay positive. A good 7-9 hours of quality sleep is essential for reducing your stress. It helps you to forget about a bad day, to feel refreshed, to start your day with full of energy and positivity.

Laugh More:-

This is also one of the most important steps you should do to stay positive and optimistic. Thanks to the huge popularity of YouTube and Web series, there are thousands of funniest videos that can help you to feel relaxed and happy instantly and take off your mind from current events. It is said that laughter is the best medicine. A laugh reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, and dopamine and increases the level of endorphins which can help you to feel relaxed. It also improves your blood circulation and strengthens your immune system. You should also try out happiness or laughter yoga.

Me” time:-

Staying at home all the time can be really stressful for everyone. So, “me” time is required to avoid irritability and negative emotions which are generated through global pandemic. Spending time with yourself is a very important thing that can help you to increase productivity, gratitude, happiness and positivity. It also provides you opportunities to look at yourself and prioritize your important tasks. Sometimes we become very busy in our daily routine that we forget about the following questions.

  • What do we want to achieve in our life?
  • What is important for us?
  • What is our goal?
  • What is our plan?

So, we should start taking time for self discovery to find out those answers. We should schedule some “me” time everyday at least 30 minutes just for you. By doing these, you will feel more focused, motivated and positive during these tough times.

Playing Games with Your Family/Partner:-

One of the things couples/family should do is playing games. Playing games keeps our mind engaged during this anxiety producing environment of COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers have found that playing game releases oxytocin (love hormone) when couples spend time together in these activities. It can help us to increase our logical thinking, improve our relationship and make our life more fun. You can play Chess, Checkers, Monopoly, Clue, Jenga, Qwirkle, Pictionary, Dominion, Cards, Ludo, Carrom, Tic-Tac-Toe and many more.

Do House Hold Chores Together:-

Most of the people are not taking any domestic help or maid servant to protect their family from the spread of coronavirus. So, considering these situations, the household chores should be taken care of by all family members. We should make a list of chores and divide the responsibility and duties between each of the family members. So, no one can get irritated and burdened with the workload. It can be really a fun event. According to new research, especially couples who do chores together are happier and create a strong bond between them.

Cook Special Meals for Your Family:-

Restaurants might be closed in your area or you might not be comfortable to order it from outside as a preventive measure against coronavirus. It has given us opportunities to cook a meal for our loved one at home and make them feel special. You can take advantage of freely available information on YouTube and experiment with new delicious recipes and be a master in cooking. It will also help you to protect your family against coronavirus by avoiding outside food.

Helping Others:-

Helping others is not only good for that person but it is an easy way to make you feel better instantly. A study shows that it will enhance your overall sense of purpose and identity. One should protect themselves and be supportive to others who might need some extra assistance. It will help them to live their life comfortable in these difficult times by maintaining social distancing.

Hopefully, with these tips, you will be able to keep from all the negativity and stay positive through tough times. Did you try any of the above tips? Please feel free to share your experience.

Stay at home, Stay positive and follow the government’s guidelines to slow down the spread of coronavirus.

Related: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Related: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/

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10 Techniques To Control Your Anger

Do you always get angry whenever something unexpected happens? If the answer is yes, this is the perfect article to provide you relevant information to controlling your anger.

The reason behind getting angry is that our expectations are not fulfilled by others or we are forced to do some actions which we dislike. It is a natural, healthy emotion. But it’s important to deal with in a positive way. If you are not able to control your anger, it can become problematic to your Health or Relationships. Controlling anger does’not mean that you will never get anger. Anger control is required for helping you to avoid health-risks and improve your relationships around you.

In this article, I have explored 10 most effective ways for controlling your anger.

Recognizing Anger:-
You should recognize your anger before learning any techniques to control it. You need to recognize the psychological signs of anger. Some psychological signs are ; anxiety, stress, raising your voice, sweating, sad, depressed, increased heart rate , grinding your teeth, etc. You also need to answer these questions like what people/event/surroundings make me angry.  How does my angry behavior affect others? What do I do while feeling angry? Do I hurt myself by taking pills? Do you break things around you? Do you hit other person? You need to continuously ask these questions to recognize your anger severity.

Counting Down:-


You always heard this technique so many times from our elders. But we never tried to implement it in our life. Counting down is the greatest way to forget about the current situation and feel better. One should start counting down from 100 to 1. It gives you a chance to think before act. This technique is very simple and still very effective.

Repeat A Mantra:-
Whenever you become angry on someone, you should try to repeat a mantra or a word or a sentence that can help you to calm down. It can be like “OK” or “All is well” or “Relax” or “Take it Easy”. Repeat that word again and again to yourself which will ultimately help you to reduce your anger.

Talk To Someone:-

It is very important to express your anger in front of the one you trust the most. Talk to your friend about what is bothering you. He / She could be your best friend/ Partner/Family member who can probably provide you the solution. While doing so, it will help you to release your pain and make you feel better.

Think Before You Respond:-


When we are getting angry, we are out of control & abuse the person that we will regret later. You should be careful with your words. One should take a few moments before saying anything and think whether it is appropriate. By doing so, you can avoid hurting other person. Eventually, it will improve your relationships.

Listening Music:-

Music is the best way to feel relaxed and happy. One should start listen their favorite music. By listening favorite music, your mood will change instantly and you will feel better. It will help you to forget about your anger. Also, one should start playing musical instrument like guitar, piano, etc.

Write Down In Your Diaries:-
Writing down your feelings / expressions is proven to be the most effective way. It is one of the best tools to express your emotions. You can write whatever you feel and let your thoughts flow freely. It will help you to figure out your anger triggering thoughts. By identifying your triggers, you can easily try to control the responses to those triggers. It will surely improve your mood and manage your anger.

Do Exercises:-


Physical activity can help you to reduce your stress and anger. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which give you a positive feeling in the body. You can go for a walk or do yoga or go to the gym or some breathing exercises. It will improve your mood and decrease the feeling of anger, anxiety and stress.

Practice Empathy:-


There is one saying,” Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes”. It means we need to understand his/her experiences, challenges, thought process etc. It is very critical to empathizes with them who are angry on you.  No one is born with empathy, but we should try to practice it to reduce anger feeling. It is so easy to dislike someone and being judgmental about them. Instead of this, we can all judge each other with kindness and empathy. By showing empathy to others, you are also being kind to yourself and feeling happy. It can help you to slow down your aggressive behavior.

Laugh:-


The last thing you can do is laugh. It is the best medicine to get over from negativity. It can help you to release the frustration. By doing smile, you can stimulate positive vibration for yourself and you will get to know that whatever had happened had a reason behind it. Sometime, you should let it go and laugh over that matter and you will find how insignificant it was.

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