It can be difficult to feel optimistic when you turn on the news. COVID-19 has changed the world, instilling in everyone a sense of hopelessness. One might think there’s only illness and death; that can cause anxiety to spike through the roof.
It isn’t good to stay hopeless. Even in the worst of times, we need to take care of our well-being, including spiritual and mental health.
Here are some healthy habits to try to keep calm.
1- Eat Superfoods
What you eat affects more than your weight; your body benefits from a good diet in many ways. One of the benefits is that it helps you feel better mentally. Leafy greens, spirulina, eggs, and almonds are some superfoods you can add to your diet to feel better.
Not only that, but superfoods can give you that extra boost in energy needed to be more active during the day.
2- Try A New Hobby
At a time when it is better to stay home, you have the chance to learn a new skill. Pick up a pencil and learn to draw, or finish the book that you left on your bedside table. It’s good for your mind to have something positive to focus on.
At the end of it all, you may even find yourself with a richer inner life. An encouraging thought such as the absolute certainty that this pandemic will end can make it easier to wane out the storm.
3- Shower In Cold Water
You might cringe at the thought of showering in cold water, but it has health benefits. Cold showers help raise your alertness and control your mood. They’re better for your hair. Cold showers also boost your circulation and relieve depression. Cold showers are one of those habits that make you mentally sharp.
4- Use Supplements
If you struggle with depression, there are supplements that have the necessary chemical composition to help you feel better. Try natural remedies such as St. John’s Wort, chamomile, and lavender. These herbs can help you have a more relaxed day and sleep better.
Nootropics such as L-Theanine, Phenibut, CBD, or Kratom have also been identified as having the potential to relax the body and the mind.
Exercise can also help you manage feelings of depression and can further be a band-aid for the difficulties of day-to-day life.
If you find that you feel very sleepy throughout the day to where it’s difficult to focus on what you’re doing, consider talking to a medical practitioner about a prescription for Modafinil. It’s useful if you work long hours and cannot afford to be drowsy at work. Generic brands of Modafinil are available to purchase online as a cheap option for those suffering from shift work disorder or narcolepsy.
6- Find A Side Hustle
Even if you already have a job, you can look for a side hustle that you enjoy. Like learning a new skill, picking up on a new job can be exciting, especially if you can do it from the safety of home.
There are many ways to make money online on your own. Your best bet is to capitalize on something that you’re passionate about, whether it’s a particular skill such as drawing, copywriting, or coding, or a particular topic such as economics or history.
Everybody is facing a difficult year, but we cannot let our spirits drop completely. We are all in this together, and there are millions of people whose lives have changed dramatically.
If you’re one of the lucky ones to not be (too much) negatively impacted by this crisis, odds are your mental state is much better. Still, even people who have not experienced being furloughed, made redundant, or gone bankrupt are finding the “new normal” difficult to cope with because of increasing feelings of isolation.
That is why everyone needs to do his or her best to stay safe, end this disease as soon as possible, and maintain sanity in the process.