Daily Affirmations: Coping Mechanisms to
Mentally Survive the Pandemic
Ever since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, recent polls have revealed that many people feel their mental health has declined significantly. It’s perfectly understandable that people feel this way, given that the spread of the virus has changed our lives and the way we function as a society. With this “new norm,” it’s pretty safe to say that it will likely have lasting effects on mental health for lots of people.
Aside from the general health guidelines from the CDC, there’s really not much anyone can do to prevent the spread of the virus other than staying home, wearing masks, and standing six feet apart from others when you have to get out in the public. The safety precautions in place are somewhat like a double-edged sword if you think about it.
The very measures needed to reduce the spread of the virus is also one of the biggest causes of the drastic increase in mental health issues among all age groups. According to the World Health Organization, there can be serious, long-term mental health repercussions because of the pandemic. The thing that worries most doctors about the decline in mental health with the pandemic is the behaviors associated with the stress behind it.
There’s the constant worrying about if you have it or not, which in turn, causes psychosomatic behaviors, which can then lead to questionable and somewhat disturbing behaviors. Also, there’s the financial stress some people are enduring as well. So the real question is how can you mentally survive the pandemic when your mental health is already on the edge of self-destruction?
Well, the truth of the matter is that our mental health is heavily influenced by the things we see, read, and hear. Ultimately, you have to monitor what your mind consumes and differentiate fact from fake news. That’s not saying that you can’t watch the news but more so make sure the outlet you’re getting your information from is a reliable source.
And even when consuming factual pandemic updates, limit your intake of that information as well because it too can depress you and send you to a low mental state. Instead of solely consuming pandemic information, consider looking at positive daily affirmations to help you mentally survive during these difficult times.
In positively coping with the pandemic, it’s all about perspective. Your outlook on the pandemic and your self-talk and thinking is going to play a crucial role in how well you manage your mental state.
All things considered, the pandemic has been devastating to many people, especially those who have lost loved ones from it but the reality is that you can’t let it consume you. Here are some daily affirmations to tell yourself each day to keep you motivated.
Daily Affirmations to Mentally Surviving COVID-19
You’re Not Alone in This
They say that misery loves company, and in this particular case, knowing you’re not alone in the pandemic can bring a sense of relief to many. It’s important to know and understand your feelings of frustration, sadness, and anxiety are not feelings that you alone are experiencing… There are people all over the world feeling the same way as you, and these feelings are mostly stemming from a social perspective more than financial.
As humans, we are social creatures; we need social interactions to thrive, and COVID-19 has drastically changed our daily social interactions. Every day, remind yourself that you’re not alone in this. And remember that you’re keeping your physical distance from others, not your social. Google Duo, FaceTime, and Zoom allow you to communicate and see those close to you. Just because you have to physically be apart doesn’t mean you can’t interact with them.
This is a Temporary “New Norm”
You’ve probably heard people say that this new way of living is indeed the “new norm,” and for many people, that can be a hard pill to swallow. Wearing masks in public, standing six feet apart from others, and just having an overall fear of leaving your home can be mentally exhausting and upsetting.
Fortunately, there are some aspects of life that are conforming to the new health and safety changes to bring some form of normalcy to your life. For example, the food industries have made it to where you can still enjoy some of your favorite restaurants with limited establishment capacity regulations and contactless delivery options.
Also, there have been advancements in telemedicine that has allowed patients to access care remotely, without taking the risk of contracting the virus during a physical doctor visit. The thing about telemedicine is that the advancements have been so effective that this particular form of doctor-to-patient care is one that will likely be around long after the pandemic has subsided.
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
You’ve probably seen the commercials on TV that say this, and the truth of the matter is that it speaks volumes. We are in a pandemic and it has taken the lives of many people around us and it’s okay to not be okay about that. Sometimes you just have to let it out how you feel… This can actually be very therapeutic.
But in releasing your feelings about everything, you also have to get back to that positive perspective in knowing that you’re not the only person feeling this way. Sometimes talking to others about how you’re feeling helps as well.
Learning how to cope during these times is very important. Maybe you can better cope by doing some home improvement projects or writing a book. Everyone is different but this is the perfect time to get back to doing the things you love, especially since you now have the time for it.
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