Erik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach
3 Tips for Staying Mentally Healthy During this Quarantine
Updated: Sep 3, 2020
Let's be honest this is a strange situation we are currently in.
It might be safe to say that the entire planet has never been on pause like it is right now. Global issues such as wars, depressions, plagues and so on have happened throughout history, but the uniqueness of this situation has not happened to this generation.
On top of that, each person is being effected differently. For some it almost like a vacation, for others it's sheer panic and uncertainty. It depends on your health, finances, where you live, and the type of work you do.
With all these things floating around and none of us really knowing how all of this is going to plan out in coming months, let's put some things in perspective and do what we can to stay healthy during a trying time for all of us.
3 Tips to Stay Mentally Healthy
It's safe to say that everyone on the entire planet has been effected in some way, shape, or form. For some it's the obvious, health. Let's just put it in it's right perspective.
The global population is roughly 7.8 Billion people. The global number of documented Coronavirus cases is around roughly 290,000 with nearly 12,000 deaths, and 93,000 people have recovered after catching the virus. It's a problem and we should be aware and cautious, as most people around the world are doing, but a massive percentage of the planet will not catch this virus let alone die from it.
Yes, it's a problem, but the big picture shows us that we are handling it well. Panic, fear, and thinking worst case scenario aren't just hurting your own mental health. it's feeding a unnecessary dogmatic mentality in far too many people.
Talk of a vaccine is already happening and people are quarantining themselves to slow the spread. It could be MUCH MUCH worse. Let's pray and remember that we are all in this together.
2- Count Your Blessings, We are in this Together
It would be hugely beneficial to put this in a case by case scenario with each person. We all know that everyone is being effected in some way, but some are being hit much harder then others.
Think through it.
Some peoples businesses are booming right now. Amazon, food delivery, grocery stores and the list could go on. Depending on the service or product a business provides some companies aren't just doing OK, they are booming.
But there is a weighty flip side.
Small businesses, low income families, and people that are just getting by or living month to month are facing some extremely rough circumstances. Imagine living month to month as a small local business owner and almost over night your whole world shuts down.
Think of the nurses and doctors working endless hours right now with a risk of exposure. Think of parents with no savings stuck at home for weeks with their kids, uncertain of the future. It truly is case by case, as some (maybe most) are doing alright all things considered.
"Gratitude turns what we have into enough"
What can we be grateful for?
It could be worse, much worse, and we are all in this together.
3- Who can you help?
Some people are really hurting right now, for lots of reasons.
The obvious has already been stated, and now is a time more then ever to check in on people. Facetime a friend you haven't talked to in a while. There is something paradoxical about helping someone else that in turn helps us as well.
Imagine being a widow or widower and living alone and being stuck inside alone for the unforeseeable future. Think of those that already struggle with depression and after a long winter are now being told be stay inside for another few weeks, or God forbid months.
Think of the person that struggles with addiction begin isolated right now, as many recovery meetings are being shut down until further notice.
Do you have some extra money right now?
Somebody has none, maybe an entire family, and they might not be asking for help. Why not pray and ask God to highlight someone and send them some help? PayPal, Venmo, or a check in the mail, there are many ways in this day and age to help even if you can't leave your house.
Surprise someone that may need some help with a happy text and ask if they want to talk. Surprise someone by asking them for their Amazon account email and send them a gift card straight to their Amazon account.
Write some hope filled letters to send out, and this creative list could go on for a while.
How can we help? That is the question we need to ask ourselves.
"This too shall pass"
This storm will pass through. How we handle our thoughts and actions right now may not have a huge bearing on the immediate future in your world, but how you reach outside of yourself and help people that are struggling could absolutely change someone else's world right now.
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