Minding your minds
COVID-19 has pushed the world to its edge. It's a tough situation. You might be experiencing your minds racing with negative thoughts. Remember your mental health is as important as your physical health and grades. I know, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. These testing times will not stay forever. This ongoing phase of life will pass soon. Maybe this slower pace isn't such a bad thing. Here are some tips that may help you to cope with emotional turmoil.
Living through this pandemic is tough. You may be feeling lost, confused, anxious and worried. So is everyone else. These are all totally normal emotions. Don’t try to push away your difficult feelings. Allow yourself these feelings, Have patience. This too shall pass.
Find a safe and controlled way to acknowledge and express your difficult emotions, by writing them down in a diary, talking to a friend, practising yoga or meditation. Distract yourself from negative emotions by listening to music, reading, watching an entertaining programme on television. Rediscover your hobbies
Distinguish between things you can control and things you cannot. In particular, you are totally in control of your response to the situation. Accept the uncertainties of the future and identify areas in your life you can control.
Keep your schedule and routine as they were before, with modifications to suit your new routine. Have set time to study, set time for meals, activities and a relatively regular bedtime.
Use phone calls and other tools to reach out to friends and family, and schedule time to connect with them.
Pick one or two sources of information that you trust. If social media makes you feel anxious and angry, avoid the threat of social contagion and take a break. Limit your scrolling time or skip the social media altogether.
If negative emotion persists continuously for several days, despite your trying to get out of it, talk about it with someone or take an advice from school’s health and wellness teachers.
Stick to the known advice of hand hygiene and wearing mask. Be careful about yourself to take care of others. Remember, No one is safe until we all are safe. Eat healthily, get enough vitamins, sleep well and exercise daily.
Right now, the transition to entirely online classes can be jarring. You cannot see us in person, but we are here to support you. We want to help you get through this tough situation, and that starts with you letting us know if you want to talk.
Stay smart, be safe and remember we're all together during these tough times.