Let’s talk about the elephant in the room:
at home confinement due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
This is for you, the person stuck there, with or without roommates, for at least the next 2 weeks.
What can you do to take care of your mental health and not crawl under the stress, the panic, the frustration, anger and all these mixed feelings brought by this COVID-19?
First of all… accept that you cannot control everything.
Sometimes, we need such a big thing as a pandemic flu to remind us that we are only human, and nature is way stronger than us. Just sit still and breath! Accept what is and what is not.
Yes, things you were looking for / worked for / hoped for are cancelled one after the other, yes, but there is nothing you can do about it. It is what it is!
Yes, it’s hard to stay locked inside all day when there’s such a beautiful sun outside, when you want to see your friends, your family, your loved ones. Yes, it’s frustrating to be unable to move as you are used to, but it is what is, and there is nothing you can do about it.
Let go and check within.
How do you feel? What is all of this triggering?
Do you feel overwhelmed, worried, helpless, nervous, exposed? Or maybe it’s more a sense of frustration, feeling out of control, you’re annoyed, furious, revolted? Maybe it’s more a feeling of emptiness. Do you feel alone, isolated, vulnerable, powerless, disappointed?
No matter the feeling, give in and observe it. Ask yourself why do you feel this way, without judgement, without expectations.
Now is the best time to work on your emotions, you have the time now, right? Are these feelings related only to the virus situation? Maybe there is something more and the situation is only another drop on full glass? Or is it a drop in an already too empty glass and it hurts when we realize we have nothing to momentarily fill it with?
Sometimes being alone with our own self is the worst and yet, the best experience one can have.
There is so much inside of us that we cover with people, work, superfluous activities, only to keep us from digging in.
Now is a time the world gave us to work on ourselves, to learn to spend time with our own selves – to stop running.
“Your outer journey may contain a million steps; your inner journey only has one: the step you are taking right now.”
― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
Use this time!
P.S.: Now, introspection is not something you’re going to do all day long, so here are some alternatives: 10 Practical Things You Can Do At Home While In COVID-19 Isolation.