We’ve all been flung into a state of unknown due to COVID-19 and just as we’re perhaps getting used to this new ‘normal’, it’s going to change again. The thing is, life is probably going to continue to change for the foreseeable future.
This may be a stressful and anxiety-filled thought but there are things we can do to help us react to these changes in a positive way.
Don’t fight it
No matter how hard you try to fight this change, it’s going to happen one way or another. You have to acknowledge that change is inevitable – we can’t be in lockdown forever. Accepting change is one way of turning what you may perceive to be a negative into a positive.
Stress is natural
Stress is a natural reaction to change, even if it’s a ‘good’ change. Thinking that you are the only one feeling overwhelmed by all of this change is only going to add to your stress. Take the time to remind yourself that these feelings are normal and that you aren’t the only one feeling this way; hopefully this will bring you a sense of comfort in these trying times. Simple things such as a warm bath, listening to music, or spending time on a favourite hobby, can give you a much-needed break from the stressors in your life.
Change isn’t always bad
If nothing changed, we wouldn’t be who we are today. Can you imagine if we didn’t go from crawling to walking? Change is something we can all grow from and that is something we should welcome, not shy away from.
Try to maintain a routine
When the world around us is changing we naturally lose a sense of control. Maintaining a structure or routine during change can allow us to have at least some aspect of control. We recommend eating a balanced diet; doing some sort of exercise every day; as well as including some form of self care into your routine.
Remember the positives
It’s easy to become overwhelmed with things that will never be the same. Keeping note of what positives have come from these changes can relieve you of a negative mindset – turning a bad day into a good one.