One could sit here and tell you to start meditating and take up yoga and you’ll magically feel better. While both modalities are actually wonderful for us psychologically and physiologically, that may not be tthe most practical answer you’re looking for.
So, you have a couple of options… you can lean towards radical acceptance and tell yourself that this is just the new way of living and try to accept it as it is, or you can break out that coping mechanism toolbox and look for the perfect hammer.
Coping mechanisms can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. For some, it’s taking a long hot shower, while for others, cozying up with a good book. So how do you figure out what will work for you?
Think back to a time when you were very stressed out, was there something you did that helped you through it? That’s a coping mechanism. These can be both positive and negative… healthier choices are seen as positive, while those that can be harmful to you or others are negative. But, let’s focus on some positive ones! If you’re having trouble thinking about examples for yourself, perhaps some of these will work!
Avoiding the news: We are being bombarded with negative statistics and doom and gloom stories constantly. Take a mental break.
Move your body: That can be strenuous exercise, yoga, a slow walk, a hike, really anything to get those feel good endorphins going.
Practice gratitude: Sure there’s lots of bad things happening, but can you focus on at least one good thing from every single day?
Connect with others: You may be just as sick of Zoom as I am, so if that doesn’t work for you, try to see a friend. You can still keep your distance, but seeing someone in person can change your whole day.
Find valid scientific sources: If researching is your thing, awesome. Just make sure that your sources are legitimate, this may take a little digging.
Deep breathing: If meditation isn’t quite for you yet, start with some deep breathing. Take a four second breath in, hold it for four seconds, and exhale for another four. This has been known to help lessen anxiety momentarily too.
At the end of the day, all we can do is our best. Try to find the good, spend time with loved ones as we can (even if in an unconventional way), and keep pushing forward as we continue this pandemic journey together.