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The most common dilemma during the coronavirus pandemic is the question of, ‘what do I do?’

Days seem endless and the weeks fly by. There is the constant moral urge to be productive and the desire to just lay still and wait for this whole thing to be over.

One thing is for sure though, nothing is a waste of time because there is no hurry. So, if you feel as though you are not interested in being productive, that’s alright. If you feel that you must be involved in one or two things, that’s alright.
The most important thing, is to keep your mind active with positivity.

It is very easy to give in to the stress and difficulties of adjusting to the lockdown and working from home, but we are here to help you avoid that.

Here are a few ways to keep your mind busy positively!

  1. Self-care!
    This is, honestly, the best way you can help yourself during this stressful period.
    Practice physical and mental exercises that promote self-awareness and self-love. Try out Yoga and Meditation in your living area or simply do anything that helps to care for your mind!

2. Try out something new
Being cooped up at home during a lockdown can make everything feel like a plain, boring routine. But it doesn’t have to be.
You can read a new book, check out a new recipe for your favorite dish, pick up a new language with an easy-to-learn application, change your workout routine or create a new playlist.
It doesn’t matter how small or big the task is, just try your hand at something new.

3. Take a trip down memory lane
As a simple reminder that better days are yet to come, you can look through a photo album of your favorite memories from the past couple of years. If that doesn’t seem like an option, you can call up someone you haven’t spoken to in a while or simply open an old manuscript/idea and work on it.
Don’t worry too much about the importance of the memory, just focus on how positive it makes you feel.

4. Think about the future
While thinking about the past helps you understand how far you’ve come, thinking about the future is what gives you hope.
Don’t get too stuck on the gloomy nature of the present situation, place your focus on your plans for when all this is over.
Let the excitement be a light beam to drag you out of the dark confusion and make your mind filled with positivity again!

5. Be nice to other people
Being on lockdown with other people may leave you feeling frustrated but don’t let that cloud your emotions. Try to avoid being in tense situations that may lead to an outburst.
Staying at home is a lot easier when you are on good terms with the person/people you are locked in with. Rather than act out when frustrated, channel that negative energy into cleaning, screaming into your pillow or doing an intense workout.
Keeping your anger in can be dangerous for your mental health, so just choose to scream in the shower instead of screaming at your partner. Basically, do anything that would help you get out the frustration while being nice to others.

6. Have fun!
Yes, it’s incredibly difficult to put ‘fun’ and ‘lockdown’ in the same sentence but, you can do it!
Find fun in the little things like sorting out your laundry, making dinner or playing board games.
It doesn’t have to be boring, just because you’re indoors. Do the little things that bring you great joy!

These are stressful times, but your mental health shouldn’t suffer.

Take care of yourself, take care of your mind.

And don’t forget;

Wash your hands.

Stay safe.

Stay at home.