We know with the occurring news that pandemic continues to kill people and badly affect other people’s lives. It’s the sad reality of the world that we are currently living in. Some post says that back then when 2019 starts, you shouldn’t be around negative people but now in 2020, you shouldn’t be around positive people.
I have been reading the news lately about the USA’s current condition and how the COVID pandemic affects American’s mental health. Staying inside their houses can surely provide protection from the virus but in another way, this also caused bigger problems that were already present even before the pandemic started: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, suicide.
In my country, the Philippines, many are feeling grief because of how the pandemic has caused in their lives. The loss of a loved one, canceled plans, meetings, events, etc has all caused Filipinos to feel distressed in one way or another.
I want to share how can we all feel secure with everything going on around us. I know that some may think that feeling relaxed while others are in other difficult situations can be a bit opposing, this has already been a fact before COVID started and these are some of the things that we cannot completely control. Thus, we must take care of ourselves and, if we can, help out people in any way possible: big or small would equally do big.
So let’s talk about mindfulness and what can it do to help me?
Mindfulness is the act of becoming aware, consciously, and unconsciously, of what is happening at the present time. It can greatly improve your mental state providing calmness and relaxation.
Now when we talk about mindfulness, we may feel a little alien to the word. That’s okay! Everyone feels awkwy trying out new things at first and I promise you that practicing daily mindful routines can help you in so many ways.
1. Write it down
Whenever I try to write a post about anything that relates to anything close to self-improvement, I always include writing/journaling. Writing whatever is in our brain cleanses our thoughts. We are capable of making thousands of thoughts every single day: good or bad. And because the pandemic death rates continue to strive, maybe a couple thousand of our average thoughts revolve around the worsening of the situation, that gives us anxiety and stress.
2. Change your routine
Maybe you’re like me that’s never a morning person, I wake up around 9 to 10 am around regular days due to sleeping late at night. And let me tell you, doing nothing, spending the entire day on social media, and waking up without a goal affects mental health. There is already enough research that supports the claim that too much usage of social media can cause anxiety and depression. I suggest that you assign simple tasks that you must complete each day, I’m not suggesting to do anything big or too out of reach (but if you really wanna, hey, do it). Don’t just stay in bed all day, create a new habit, a routine, something small that you can easily manage just to help you kickstart your day. Do something that will make you feel just a little bit better which leads me to my second point.
3. Work on your personal projects
Probably most of us have wanted to do or try out something but never had the time to finish it due to our schedule. Well, now you have so much! Make use of every day to learn something. For example, try learning how to play the piano (this helps to improve your mental state), try taking a course (I am currently taking skillshare), try blogging/vlogging anything basically! You name it! In 1665, a pandemic caused by what’s known as the bubonic plague has started spreading. Around this time, Einstein made most of his amazing insights about mathematics and natural philosophy while in isolation. Keep yourself busy.
4. Avoid too much news
I know that news plays such an important role today but believe me, you don’t need everything the media tells you. Because you risk your mental health in doing so. Humans are naturally born to react to anything given to them. Some of our reactions could be laughter, rage, mourning, grief, sadness, etc.
5. Try self-care apps
I personally use a bunch of apps to help me with my daily mindful routine. All of these apps are free on android:
- Questions Diary
This app is a journaling app that gives you a different set of questions whenever you want. You can choose to journal about it or pick a different question. You can also change the theme and it has its own community where you can post and answer questions made by other users anonymously. It also has a security feature which is what I’m always looking for when I’m downloading a journaling app.
This app is so simple and unique. It’s basically similar to Questions Diary but it asks you questions that can guide you what you can think of being grateful today. You can also change the theme but unlike Questions Diary, you are only permitted to journal once every day and it doesn’t have a security feature.
Daisy is a minimal-looking journaling app that lets you write whatever you want. It has a security feature and you can put picture and works everything you need in a journaling app.
- The pattern
Before going to bed, I like reading something about myself. The pattern gives you great content texts that you can choose to read by clicking “go deeper”. They also customize your pattern based on your birthday and time of birth. I believe that this app works based on your zodiac sign but idk. You can also communicate and interact with other users through this app and it features romantic compatibility between your chosen friends that also uses this app.
And that is all! I hope you enjoyed this blog post and helped you in any way.