I know it’s been a while since my last post, it’s been a hell of a road for every single one of us. I wanted to open up and hear it from you too. How are you keeping up with the COVID-19 situation?

The pandemic has altered people’s lives in both enormous and small ways. COVID-19 is a stark reminder of longstanding inequities in our societies, and how policies need to pay specific attention to protect and lift the least advantaged in society.

It hit me today after having a long conversation with my friends, finding out how they’ve been emotionally and mentally affected by the COVID-19 rules and regulations. As much as we take care of ourselves and being conscious of our surroundings, do we care about the mental and emotional states of the people around us?

Athens City during COVID-19 lockdown.

Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions. Even though public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, they are making us feel isolated, lonely which leads to an increase in stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient.

It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic. As crazy as it may sound, there is always a way around everything.

Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress during pandemic.

Connect with your community or church. While social distancing measures are in place, try connecting online, through social media groups.

Make time to loosen up. Try to do some other activities you enjoy. I know we do have limited time to go out for a free and fresh air walk, I will say take advantage of the little time you have to make a difference to yourself. I decided to keep up with my long walk from time to time.

Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. It’s good to be informed, but hearing about the pandemic constantly can be upsetting. Consider limiting news to just a couple of times a day, and disconnecting from phone, tv, and computer screens for a while.

How my friends, and I are managing the situation.

Group chat, and call. As simple as it may sound this is a very important thing to do with your go-to friends. The time spent laughing and discussing issues that matter is valuable. Your mind gets driven away from the fact that we are almost mid-year without freedom of movement because of Covid-19.

Home workout. My friends and I found out that we indeed have a bit of time to do a bit of exercise, and in fact, it’s one of the best ways to spend keep your mind at work, not getting thinking too much about the pandemic. You can decide to make it happen or destroy it, it’s all up to you. I suggest finding 30 to an hr a day to work on your body tension and stress.

Home workout.

Meditation. This activity does wonders towards stress. Mindfulness meditation will help empty your mind, the practice involves paying close attention to the present moment, especially your own thoughts, emotions and sensations, whatever it is that’s happening.

Taking a walk. Walking will help relieve stress during these crazy lockdown times. You also get time to think, as well as time to get away from stressors. Getting out of the stressful environment, breathing the air, and feeling your body move is natural stress-relief.

I’m sure you will find your way through the whole situation. We are all in it together, and most importantly, we are here to help each other emotionally if needed. Just for your information, you will be able to visit Athens starting May as long as you have been vaccinated. You might what to read about Athens on a Budget.

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10 thoughts on “HOW ARE YOU KEEPING UP WITH THE COVID-19 SITUATION.

  1. During lockdown I did lots of walking and it really helped me to stay positive through that period of time. Thankfully we’re just about back to normal here in Australia now.

  2. It’s crazy to think that we’ve now passed the one-year mark since all of this started. The world, as we know it, has changed and we’ve all been forced to step back and really take a look at our lives as well as at society as a whole. While it has been challenging, I think there are some issues that desperately needed to be brought to light in the world today in order to be addressed accordingly. I’m really hoping that, as we establish our ‘new normal’, it is a world where these various issues are addressed.

    1. That’s true, we have a lot still to understand on how we are going to live with the act that we lost a whole year and nearly half, not to forget that we are looking at a whole new way of thinking about whatever is aortunf us.

  3. I remember thinking when the whole thing started in Europe in March that it would only be a few weeks before everything would go back to normal. Those are some great tips on dealing with the situation and hopefully, the end (or some kind of an end) is here. Love the workout you linked, will try it out!

  4. It has been a rough road for everyone! I worry a lot about kids. The ones who face food insecurities and only eat at school, and obviously aren’t going to school. The ones who live in an abusive household where going to school was the one time they could escape it. The ones who don’t understand how to cope with their emotions yet and take their own lives. We don’t see these things on the news. We are just bombarded with increasing numbers and scare tactics. I think masks dehumanize all of us, and it scares me when I can’t even recognize my husband with one on. I understand the concept of everything we’re all doing with social distancing and everything else, but I feel like we’re all paying a price for that in different ways. Job loss, mental health issues and suicide, substance abuse, food insecurities, crime rates, the list goes on. Is all of that worth keeping the spread of COVID down? It is all a lot to think about, and I don’t think there is a good answer. But I know many people are struggling, and I hope they are able to start reaching out for help as things start to open up again.

    1. I totally get your point, no one has ever thought about those kids who wished they could just stay in school and never go home to violent parents, or those who lost their jobs. We are all going through it with a lot of bleeding inside us.

  5. It’s been an adjustment for everyone and, like others, I hope that we can all take a step back and learn a little bit about our lives and what changes we might need to make to ensure that the future is even better. I like your list of positive ways to cope and would agree with all of these tips and activities.

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