Table of Contents
- Accept the change
- Minimize stress
- Maintain a regular schedule
- Follow a healthy diet
- Keep moving
- Get help
- Count the positives
- Take action
- Have a support group
- Practise self-affirmation
The lockdown and its aftermath have brought many changes into our lives. Everyone goes through emotional and mental stress when faced with change. It is natural to feel anxiety about whether you will be able to cope with the change. Yet change is a part of life, and the sooner you accept it the better. Let’s look at some ways that will help us deal with the change.
1. Accept the change
Accepting the change rather than being in a state of denial helps you to adjust to the situation better. Acknowledge what you are going through. Sometimes denial is seen as a remedy, but that does not solve the problem. Instead of wasting time denying the change, we should try to figure out how to deal with the situation. Recognizing one’s condition and talking about it will help.
2. Minimise stress
Stress is the body’s way of reacting to changes. Stress results from worry or fear. These negative emotions are created by the way you label your life experiences. You are capable of choosing your response to any situation. Remember you are not a victim unless you choose to look at yourself that way. Even good changes can cause stress, such as having a baby or getting promoted to a higher position because you will be carrying more responsibilities.
- Practise erasing negative emotions
- Replace them with positive thoughts
- Set aside a time for meditation
- Go for a walk
- Listen to soothing music
- Reduce caffeine intake
- Watch a funny movie or read a book of jokes
(do something that makes you laugh)
3. Maintain a regular schedule
Having some chores to do every day (such as walking the dog every morning) will keep you grounded. A proper routine will keep you motivated, give you a good sleep cycle and keep you mentally stable.
- Make a timetable for things you must do everyday
- Write out a routine and stick it on your refrigerator
- Set regular mealtimes
4. Follow a healthy diet
To stay fit and healthy it is important to maintain a balanced diet. Eat more plant foods _ vegetables, whole grains, fruits and nuts and limit the intake of fats. Boost your immune system against coronavirus. Low carb diets help control blood sugar and pressure. Beta carotene, ascorbic acid and other essential vitamins build resilience in the body against infections.
What to eat:
- Fruits, vegetables, berries
- Nuts, lentils, oatmeal
- Oily fish (for Omega-3 fatty acids)
- Eggs and skinless chicken (not deep fried)
What to avoid:
- Sugary drinks, fried food, junk food
- Cakes and pastries
- White bread
Comfort foods like chocolates may be useful for relieving stress, but should be consumed in moderation.
Regular exercise should be part of the daily schedule that you write down.
5. Keep moving
Regular exercise should be part of the daily schedule that you write down. Exercise is a great way to fight depression. Even light exercise helps in releasing toxins from your body. Every day you should exercise for 30-45 minutes depending on your stamina.
Exercising keeps you fit and reduces tension. If you have been sitting at the desk for too long, just get up and get moving.
Take part in activities that you enjoy. Dancing is a great stress-buster. Put on some music and make it a family fun-time.
6. Get help
When you need help don’t feel shy to approach others _ family, friends, colleagues, neighbours. It will make them happy that you trust them enough to ask for help. It may not be physical support or monetary support. Sharing your problems with others will help you feel lighter. Just the feeling that someone is on your side is also a great comforter. Human interaction reduces anxiety and depression.
7. Count the positives
Make a list of all the good things in your life. If you look around you, you will find others who do not enjoy the same privileges that you have.
Look at the positive outcomes that may come from the change. If you lose your job, you may get the chance to branch out into something you always wanted to do. If you are a student who did not get into the university of your choice, you could take a gap year to pursue the talents that you have, (for instance- singing, playing the guitar, photography, …) Change is an opportunity to try out new areas which we would otherwise never explore. There are different dimensions to your persona_ watch them unfold.
8. Take action
Whatever your goal is, take that first step now. The first step is writing it down and setting yourself a deadline. Write down the action you need to take. You need to answer the following questions:
- How will I reach this goal?
- How will I keep track of my progress?
- What resources do I need to make this attainable?
- How do I keep myself motivated?
9. Have a support group
Choose the company of people who support you and give encouragement. Only accept positive feedback from others. Avoid the negative -minded (There are plenty of those). Having others who help you in brainstorming ideas would help you to think of avenues that did not occur to you.
10. Practise self-affirmation
Reiterate your positive qualities to yourself. A good practise would be to set aside a time (preferably early in the morning) and repeat:
1. I am confident
2. I am capable
3. I will achieve everything I set out to achieve today
Focus on your goals and throw out any shreds of anxiety that are left.
Author name: Roshmi Roy