Covid19 spread throughout the world and was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on March 11, 2020. In response to the spread of Covid19, governments around the world issued lockdown orders for citizens to stay home except for essential services to stop the spread of the virus and save lives.
Although a necessity, the aftermath of the lockdown has been devastating causing loss of daily income and jobs, an increase in domestic violence, sexual and gender-based violence, shutdown of schools, and business.
You’re mental health matters. The month of May is the mental health awareness month. It’s essential that we raise awareness and drive conversations about mental health issues and #breakthestigma
Twitter in celebration of the #MentalHealthMonth has compiled a list of global mental health organizations that offer resources to cope with the mental struggles of #COVID19. You can check it out and find out an organization in your country.
You can also follow Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI), as they have exciting events from movie night, book club, to daily Yoga and Exercise.
For more daily activities and events, visit here to subscriber to their calendar.
14 ways to cope with Coronavirus anxiety stress, worry, and fear.
Coronavirus has caused a rise in anxiety, stress, worry, panic, and fear, here are 14 ways I am using to cope with Coronavirus anxiety stress, worry, and fear.
Focus on the success stories and victories of survivors
I realized focusing on the statistics and raising numbers of Covid19 cases increased my anxiety and caused me to worry. I decided to focus more on the number of people who had recovered, were discharged and survivor stories. Their stories serve as a beacon of hope that Covid19 is not a death sentence and the world will surely overcome Covid19.
Covid19 is not a death sentence
As of the time of publishing this blog post, the number of recovered cases globally 1,385,186 you can follow the statistic here and According to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC ), Nigeria has 534 discharged cases.
Here are a few survivor stories you can read up:
- Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, Executive Director, Stand to End Rape Initiative (STER), Nigeria COVID-19 survivor. Read her story Watch
- Salihu Umar ‘Let’s fight this together,’ urges Nigerian COVID-19 survivor Read
- My COVID-19 Story: Emmanuel “Manny” Asika
Finding new hobbies and doing something new
I love photography. Since I do not have a professional camera, for now, I used the next best thing, which is my phone camera. #phonephotography
With the help of my nieces serving as models, I started my photography journey. Here are some of the pictures I took, next stop professional photography. Cha-Ching
Growing your spiritual life
Whatever your faith inclination is, it’s great that you take out time to grow your spiritual life and pray. I take out time during the day to pray. Spending time with God praying has helped me with my fears and anxiety. I say Psalm 23 and 91 too. Reading spiritual books, listening to a spiritual podcast, joining online prayer sessions, and Bible study helps too. I join Holyhill prayer sessions on Spreaker. https://www.spreaker.com/user/holyhill and follow VOUS Church on YouTube
Taking online courses, training, Tweet chats, workshops, webinars or IG and Facebook live
During this period, there is a lot of training, online courses, tweet chats, and workshops opportunities. Try and find the best fit for you. Keep following my blog and join our vibrant Facebook community to get updates of great opportunities.
Meditation and Journaling
I recently started meditating and I must tell you it’s a great way to relax and be with your thoughts. I have always loved journaling and after meditating, I get my journal and write out ideas and thoughts. You should try it.
Keeping in touch with family and friends
Create time to spend and create new memories with your family and friends. Chatting with family and friends keeps you happy.
Set new goals
This is a great time to evaluate the goals you have set for yourself and add new goals to the list. Write down things you want to accomplish during the lockdown and the things you want to achieve after the lockdown.
An example would be being a mentor or a mentee, depending on your area of specialization/ profession, you may want to mentor people as part of your way of impacting the lives of others. This will be a great time to schedule a mentorship session, plan the training curriculum, and begin the selection process. On the other hand, if you need to get a mentor, you can search for mentorship opportunities and apply.
Update your CV and optimize your LinkedIn account
This is a great time to update your cv and optimize your LinkedIn account. I have taken time to optimize my LinkedIn account, connect and build relationships with other professionals. If you do not have a LinkedIn account, this is also a great time to sign up.
Rest and Sleep
Most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Make sure you rest and sleep during this period.
In all this, it is important to take care of yourself. Go for walks, listen to music, exercise regularly, eat healthy meals, play video games, Netflix, and chill.
Blogging has helped me reduce stress because I am focused on coming up with blog topics, writing, and creating graphics. If you want to start blogging, this is a great time to start, just pick a niche and a blogging platform such as WordPress.com, Blogger, Tumblr, Medium, and Wix.
Create a work schedule if you are working from home
If you are working from home, it’s great that you create a work schedule. A schedule will ensure you have your work time and your rest time. Failing to create a schedule will prolong your working hours and add more stress to you.
Gardening is a great way to relax. If you have space around where you live to garden, it can be an option to explore. You can plant flowers to beautify your space, and vegetables for your consumption. I started by planting pepper and tomatoes, while recycling used milk can and an old jerry can.
Finally, the key point to coping with anxiety, stress, and panic during the Covid19 pandemic is focusing on what makes you happy and gives you joy and peace.
Let’s keep the conversations going in the comment section. Feel free to share your coping mechanism, I am open to finding new ways to copping with the covid19 pandemic.