Handling the stresses of daily life can be challenging in the best of times. When you factor in a global pandemic, physical distancing, and social upheaval, it can be easy to get caught up in negativity of all of it.
Worldwide, people are working to understand the long-term ramifications of this virus, both mental and physical. There’s only so much you can control in situations like these. While it’s critical to acknowledge your feelings and work through them, it’s also important not to drown in them.
Below are a few things you can do to help your outlook and keep negative or depressive thoughts at bay.
Adapt to Remote Work
Offices worldwide are still largely empty, but it doesn’t mean that people have stopped working altogether. Video chat and other digital platforms have helped people collaborate across the globe.
Remote work has overall been a positive for employees. However, if you’re used to working in an office surrounded by people, suddenly having to work from your home computer can feel lonely or isolating.
Consider setting up a work coffee hour at the end of a busy workday, where you and colleagues can get together via video chat to chat like you normally would during downtimes at work.
Don’t be afraid to use your chat functions, either. Most employees are used to being able to stop by co-workers’ desks or offices to ask a quick question or just check in. Chat programs like Slack or Google Hangouts can facilitate this kind of conversation.
Learn a New Skill or Hobby
Having new skills and hobbies can be a great confidence boost – and a great place to channel any negative or unwanted energy. Use some of your extra time to take an online class at the local community college or to pick up cooking.
You could also get a certification or take a training for your career. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure that it helps keep your brain busy and is something that you truly enjoy doing.
Acknowledge Your Feelings
Anxiety and depression affect a large portion of the population. If you have a substance use disorder (SUD), you’re even more likely to experience these mental health issues as co-occurring disorders.
While it is important to not let these feelings take over, you need to acknowledge them in order to work through them. When you start to notice that you are feeling particularly down or worried, reach out to someone who can help.
As we all work through this time of shared trauma together, it is more important than ever to work on building resilience and finding positivity and hope wherever possible.
Focus on What You Can Control
The fact is that we cannot control everything. It is important to realize and get comfortable with this fact in order to build resilience. That being said, there are some things that we can control.
For example, you can control who you surround yourself with and what you do with your time. Focus on things that will make you healthier and happier.
There is a familiar comfort in routines. Create a few small routines for yourself and make sure that you integrate them into your everyday life. Be mindful about what you consume, from food to media.
Taking control of these aspects of your life can help reduce anxiety as well as depressive thoughts.
Engage in Positive Self-Talk
What you say matters, including what you say to yourself. Be kind to yourself and remind yourself that you are important. Practice positive affirmations in the mirror. One great one for times like these is “I am in control of my thoughts and actions.”
Don’t be afraid to spread the positive talk, either. Pay someone that you care about a compliment and practice gratitude. Not only will it give you a lift, but it could help someone else out, too.
If this pandemic has taken a toll on your mental health or you have found yourself using unhealthy coping techniques that have led to drug or alcohol addiction, help is available. The experts at Rain Recovery can help you achieve healing and improve your wellness.
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