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Reading a lot of news and real-life stories of people battling this global health crisis – coronavirus pandemic, I realised it has taught us to focus on what really matters in life.
Here are a few things we can do to keep our mental health sane and fight this invisible enemy. And most of all, if you can be anything this time, BE KIND.
1. Practice Social Media Distancing Aside from Social Distancing
Aside from Social Distancing, we should also practice Social Media Distancing.
Social media platforms are plagued with information and posts that only fuel fear and panic. Don’t check news updates for the rest of the day. Set a time to check the news. Perhaps, check on one national and one local news in the morning. Fewer updates, less stress.
What is Social Media Distancing?
Social media platforms are plagued with information and posts that only fuel fear and panic. Don’t check news updates for the rest of the day. Set a time to check news. Perhaps, check on one national and one local news in the morning. Fewer updates, less stress.
This pandemic has made us realise how important minimising checking our phones for updates. Do away from the practice of being on our phones 24/7.
2. Distract yourself with purpose-driven actions
Spend time with yourself, do that skincare you’ve been putting off. Meditate, medicate and educate yourself.
3. Stop taking photos of empty store shelves and post on social media
It fuels hoarding by people who are scared that there is not enough supply of basic necessities for them.
Buy only what you need. Anything more than that is no longer a need but a want. Stop using your financial advantage to buy more as a security blanket and consider those people who can’t afford to buy sanitizers, soaps and disinfectants in bulk because they don’t have the financial capacity to do so. Or the elderly who will have a hard time going to the shops.
Give others the chance to be able to buy what they need to survive this pandemic.
4. Share some food if you CAN
If not, share kind words with each other. This is the best time to boost each other’s morale. It helps with your mental health as well.
5. Purge and Donate
Some of us do not have the privilege to stay home and watch Netflix.
Sort your things and follow the Marie Kondo method if this works for you and decide to keep only the things that spark joy in your life. The rest of your things you no longer need you can donate or give to homeless or poor people.
I know its not much, but for what it’s worth, a little act of kindness goes a long way. This is a time to spread love not fear. This is a time to be compassionate and to not cause unnecessary panic. This is the time to look after each other and BE KIND to one another.
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