5 Empowering Ways to Cope with the Stress of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to our everyday life, but it has also affected our future. Many things that we thought were set in stone have now become uncertainties that are weighing us down, such as job uncertainty and financial distress, personal health and the health of our loved ones, and much more. In a way, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a major life crisis for millions of people around the world, and so stress and anxiety can become inextricable parts of our lives.

If this has already happened to you, don’t worry, you are not alone, and you’re not powerless against it. By adopting new, healthy habits into your daily routine and making a conscious decision to elevate your emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being, you can cope with and eliminate the COVID-19 stress. To that end, let’s go over the five empowering ways you can change your life for the better during the pandemic, and ensure a brighter future.

Escape to nature often

Mother Earth has given us the best any human being can get – the grass that we walk on and the trees that give us shade. Nature emanates blissful solitude and intrinsic peace and beauty, all of which we need more now that we are stressed and cooped up indoors most of the time. Yes, some of your stress stems from a lack of social interaction, and we’ll get to that, but most of our COVID-related stress has to do with a lack of contact with nature.

In the hectic urban environment, we rarely feel alone, peaceful, and able to enjoy our inner tranquility. That’s why you should get out of your apartment and head out into nature as much as you can during the pandemic. Nature is a safe and peaceful place where you’re not exposing yourself to the virus, and the stillness of its surroundings is exactly what you need to regain your inner balance, re-energize, and build a positive outlook on life.

Rebuild your confidence and zeal

If there is anything that starts to waver when we’re feeling stressed and anxious, it’s definitely our confidence and everyday zeal. With the heightened production of stress hormones like cortisol, you can start feeling deeply anxious, afraid, irritated, and lonely. When this happens, you might start looking at yourself as a person of lesser worth. When this happens, you need to take a stand for yourself.

Improving your body image and confidence during the pandemic is very important if your goal is to retain a positive mindset and ensure your overall well-being. You can start by creating your morning mantra that you’re going to recite in front of the mirror every morning. Make it empowering and use it to achieve your goals.

Embrace mindful meditation in the morning as well, and be sure to finish every day with a fifteen-minute meditation session as well, focusing on grounding yourself. Eat well and stick to the foods that bring you joy but also health, and protect your figure – because when you’re satisfied with your body, your mind will follow.

Retain social contact online

To stay safe from the virus and keep your loved ones safe, but also keep everyone else safe and help battle the pandemic, you should refrain from social interaction. For all the good that social distancing is bringing to the world, there is no denying that it is making it difficult to retain a positive, healthy mindset.

Social distancing can be especially detrimental to women and men over 50 as well as seniors, which is why joining social groups for seniors online is one of the best ways to battle the negative effects of social isolation. While you should strive to disconnect from social media that instills stress, you should aim to join online social groups that will connect you with people you can talk to, hang out with, and organize various online activities. This will positive affect your emotional and psychological well-being throughout the pandemic.

Do good for the sake of good

As human beings, we feel a deep sense of happiness and satisfaction when we help others. There’s no personal gain in volunteering or donating blood or helping out at a nursing home, save for the deep satisfaction that stems from helping your fellow human beings or animals. Be sure to make altruistic work a part of your weekly schedule and you will have no problem rejuvenating your body and mind while bringing a positive change to the world.

Don’t be afraid to seek help

Lastly, never forget that now is the time to seek professional help if you need it. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with a clinical psychologist, as these professionals have the knowledge and the expertise necessary to guide you towards a more positive mindset and a healthy attitude towards life. Amidst a pandemic, when stress tends to accumulate, this can mean all the difference and help you stay happy and healthy both mentally and spiritually in 2021 and the years to come. 

Wrapping up

The pandemic has definitely impacted our way of life, but that doesn’t mean that you should allow stress and anxiety to take over. Instead, implement these tips into your daily and weekly routines, and you should have no problem ensuring a healthy and vibrant future.