In this anxious and stressful time of COVID-19, it’s hard to know what to do. One of the scariest parts of living through this global pandemic is the surplus of uncertainty, it can be overwhelming to fulfill the obligations of your day-to-day life. What should we do in an international crisis? Below are a few tips on how we can get through this one day at a time:
- Focus On The Next Step
It is easy, especially in chaotic and uncertain times, to feel so overwhelmed that it’s hard to do anything. Instead of getting caught up in the million things running through your head, pause and think about what you need to do next. What is your most urgent priority? What can you do right now? Whatever that is, focus on seeing that priority through, whether it’s getting work done or going to the grocery store or doing a project with your kids or walking the dog, getting that urgent business done will help alleviate stress and make you feel more in control when things feel chaotic and uncertain.
- Communicate Your Needs
Whether you simply need someone to bear witness and hear what you are feeling, or if you need space, or you need help entertaining the kids or running an errand, in a time of crisis it is of upmost importance to communicate your feelings and your needs to a loved one or an employee. People can not help you if they do not know what you need, so be open about your feelings and your needs when things feel out of control.
- Reach Out And Ask For Help
People are not meant to endure hardship alone. Reach out to loved ones or a professional and seek help if you need it. According to the American Psychological Association, the following signs are indicators you should seek professional help: neglecting hygiene, a dramatic change in sleep habits (sleeping more or less), weight loss or gain, decline in work or school performance, pronounced changes in mood and withdrawing from routine activities and relationships.
- Get Proper Sleep
Though it can be difficult in scary and uncertain times, one of the best things you can do for your physical and mental health is to get proper sleep each night. You will be better equipped to make good decisions, and a crisis is a time when making sound decisions is imperative, and better able to take care of yourself and loved ones.