Coping during the Coronavirus outbreak
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I'm doing my best to stay active and get fresh air, going for a run a few times a week. I have also found that the UK comedy show Taskmaster is the perfect light and funny entertainment for taking my mind off things. Other than that, getting plenty of sleep, eating well, stocking up on essentials (within reason), and talking with friends and family are great.
For now, where I live the streets and public life look more or less normal (with a few more people wearing face masks than usual), so whenever the news gets overwhelming I go out for a bit and remind myself that things aren't so scary as they seem. I also try to remember all the other scary moments in history (the Spanish Flu, Cuban Missile Crisis, etc.) when things were even less certain than they are now with even less knowledge and technology. Our 24/7 access to information makes things seem much more dire.
Finally, I like to think of things in communal terms. Public health is by definition communal, so every time you wash your hands or stay home it is an act of love not just for yourself but for society at large. I find that quite comforting and heartening.
Somethings I am doing are:
... Avoiding media and the like as it was promoting fear in me.
... Making use of those santizing wipes in the supermarket, wiping down that part of the trolley where you hang on to
.... Building up my immunity in my body to help it do its job by fighting off possible harmful viruses. Things like eating loads off fresh vegetables and fruits. Juicing green juices and carrot type juices. Add ginger and tumeric.
.... Increasing vitamin C with a supplement.
.... Increasing vitamin D with a supplement ( I am considering getting a blood test done to see what my levels are)
.... Getting more sunshine
.... Attempting to improve my sleeping habits. Like get enough quality sleep.
.... Washing my hands really well. And avoid touching my face.
.... Limit my exposure to crowds of people. Which I naturally do anyway.
.... Drinking more water.
.... Keep a safe distance away from people who are coughing
.... Walking in the fresh air
.... If I had the funds I would properly make use of a infra red sauna. As many viruses cannot live in high temperatures.
Just sharing a few techniques that have worked for me:
1. Write a self care plan that works when you're in forced self-isolation at home. Also write a quarantine version (eg if I had to go to hospital, how would I keep myself sane and grounded).
2. Write a list of things I can control versus those I can't. I can control my diet, exercise, etc. I can't control government decisions, travel bans, the economy, my employers' decisions, family members' beliefs, colleagues' unhelpful comments, etc.
3. Write a list of possible positives arising from the COVID-19 outbreak. You will surprise yourself. Every dark cloud has a silver lining.