Society and the world for that matter is starting to really feel the impact amidst the Corona Virus pandemic.
If you’ve been paying attention to the news, information about this ‘scary’ virus is everywhere. There’s just no way to avoid it at this point.
Now, so many stores are shutting down and health professionals are suggesting that many people stay inside and/or work from home if your job allows you to.
I work from home full-time so I don’t feel much of an impact or disappointment to stay inside my house because there are so many benefits.
Here are some benefits:
*Minimal stress due to the avoidance of traffic commute.
*No dealing with office politics.
* No dealing with microagressions at the work place.
*More time to handle things around the house.
Theres plenty more benefits. However, there are some downsides to being ‘stuck’ inside your dwelling place.
*Lack of interactions with others.
*Lack of accountability which leads to lack of productivity.
*Anxiety over goals.
*Losing track of time.
Experiencing these for long periods of time could possibly lead to depression.
Here are some tips on overcoming what I like to call ‘Quarantine’ depression.
Showing gratitude for just being alive helps you look at your situation as half-full versus half empty. I know it sounds cliche’ but its so true. Not only that but look at the fact that you have the luxury to work from home while others don’t. Being grateful releases some healthy chemicals in the brain.
Take it one day at a time:
Maybe you don’t have plans on working from home forever and you want to get to a point where you have a remote office to work out of. Until you get to the day where you get the budget to do that, just take it one day at a time. Continue to focus on your goals and understand its just temporary (if thats what you want).
Yep, another cliche’ topic, but its worth noting. Self-care can mean or be whatever it is to you. Forget the sage, and long bath times. Whatever makes you feel good and to ‘temporarily’ escape from YOUR reality is worth it. You get to recharge and refocus.
Utilize technology to stay connected
This one you have to be careful with. I don’t mean scroll social media all day and lose track of time. Sadly, some blogs and news outlets have reported an increase of social media browsing and its been reported that PornHubs’ watch hours have increased since the #coronavirus has caused people to stay in (eye roll. But not judging).
I’m talking about utilizing Facetime, Whatsapp, Zoom and other platforms that allow you to communicate with those you love and care about so you don’t feel completely disconnected. When you can’t see them in person, video chat is the next best thing.
This is a very taboo subject and if you are from a community that doesn’t believe in anything beyond hope and a ‘prayer’ then you’re definitely giving me the side-eye about this one, but read me out.
Therapy is a great supplement to a life where you may lack connection or support system. It does NOT always mean something is wrong with you. Its a safe space to vent without publicizing your woes to the world (stop making your haters happy).
Therapy is very healing and makes you feel like someone truly HEARS you and LISTENS without judgement. I’ve had therapy before after a terrible breakup and it was the best thing I ever did.
How do you feel about these tips? Let me know what you are doing to avoid the blues while everything seems to be shutting down around you.