Covid-19 caught everyone by surprise. Although the death toll has significantly slowed down, we are still coping with the loss. We must also deal with the rising variants and the adverse effect on our economy. It is overwhelming.
You are not the only one who feels exhausted by all of these. The pain and the fear are too much to take. But you can take things in stride. It can lessen your anxieties and give you the strength to go on. You might even see the pandemic as a painful yet crucial lesson for humanity.
If you still feel disheartened, there are other tricks to get your spirits up. It can be a tad challenging. But it can lighten the load that you carry.
Think about Others
Scientists say that being benevolent activates the part of our brain that responds to pleasure. If this is the case, why not indulge in more volunteer works? Doing this for the sake of improving your mental health might not exactly give you the same buzz as doing it because it is the right thing to do. In this case, when you help someone, do it because you want to see a person smile.
Before 2020 ended, National Geographic published a study stating that one out of six Americans would starve because of the pandemic. As fellow human beings, it is our responsibility to help them. When we volunteer in soup kitchens, we divert our focus from ourselves to those in more dire circumstances than us.
You do need to engage in major charitable works. It can be as mundane as accompanying your ailing friend to an urgent care clinic. This act of kindness might not mean much to you. But it might have given your buddy the strength to have his condition checked. Thus, saving his life.
On your end, doing this will give you a sense of belonging. It makes you see that you are a crucial part of society. It gives you a sense of purpose.
Before you go out to the world doing small acts of kindness, start your day with yoga. Doing this exercise will give you the energy to do whatever task you set out to do. It is also known to boost concentration and lessens negative vibes.
If you have not tried yoga, you might be hesitant to join this centuries-old exercise regimen because of the acrobatic-like positions. But do not fret! There are beginner-friendly poses. Here are some of them:
- Mountain Pose — You can start with this one because you are only standing and emptying your mind. Nothing more, nothing less. Just stand there and focus on your breathing.
- Tree Pose — Once you have calmed down, you can move on to this position. As it improves your balance, this pose strengthens your spine. But skip this if you have low blood pressure.
- Triangle Pose — This position helps hip mobility. It also strengthens your hamstrings, hips, and spine. But you must be careful with this if you have high blood pressure.
- Downward-Facing Dog — This position will help you shift from standing poses to sitting ones. As you slowly stretch yourself, your body is relieved of the back pain. But do not attempt this if you are in the late stages of your pregnancy.
- Corpse Pose — You can end your yoga ritual with this pose. It helps you meditate and focus on your breathing.
This exercise regimen is also great for kids. It will help them with their academic performance and increase their concentration level. Lastly, it can help them fight their anxieties brought about by the pandemic.
Good Night’s Sleep
We often take sleep for granted. But lack of sleep can lead to concentration problems. It can also bring about serious ailments such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. It can also make you more anxious. But with so many distractions, how can one get the needed amount of sleep?
The easiest solution is to try melatonin. It is a safe and effective supplement to help you sleep at night. Another way is to cut off your caffeine supply after 3 pm. Your body takes 6-8 hours to break down the caffeine. If you drink coffee at 4 pm, there is still enough caffeine in your system to keep you awake until 12 MN.
Being happy during this crisis is a full-time job. It takes a lot of effort not to fall into the pit of gloom and despair. If you find it hard to see anything good, take comfort that you are alive. You have another day to make up for your mistakes and live life to the fullest.