We’re in some unusual times, with the coronavirus count growing, causing many of us to change our usual way of life. Our day to day routines have to be altered, as social distancing and self-quarantining have become a part of life for many of us to contain the virus. Change can be hard, no matter the circumstances surrounding it, so we’ve compiled 5 tips on having a healthy mindset to deal with change!

1. Educate yourself 

It is essential for us to be aware of what is going on in our world, and to educate ourselves with scientifically backed up sources to know how we can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Not only will we be more conscious of what’s going on around us, educating ourselves can actually help alleviate stress, uncertainty, and ambiguity [1]. If we stay educated, we won’t feed into the misinformation that bounces around the internet, since there are so many posts that are based on rumors or even false information. It’s important to educate yourself, no matter the situation, because it can help you tackle any problems that can arise with change.

2. Focus on the positives, not the negatives

Researchers found that positive reinforcement could lower feelings on anxiety and stress [2]. Because we have to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus, many of us now have to stay home. This is a huge adjustment and can cause us to feel trapped inside our homes and isolated from others. Instead of focusing on what you can’t do, focus on the positive side of things. Now you have the time to start that book you’ve been wanting to read, work on the creative project you never had time for, or finally get to eat lunch with your family! There are also so many creative and fun ways to stay in touch with your friends and loved ones through the internet!

3. Stop worrying about things outside of your control, and focus on things that you can

With the coronavirus going on, a lot of the things happening now can be out of our control. However, focusing on things that we have no control over can cause us to be stressed and anxious, so we need to divert our attention to the things we can [3]. We can’t control whether or not others will follow protocol like social distancing, but we can take control of our own actions to keep ourselves and others healthy by maintaining the guidelines set by the officials. Additionally, we can still plan out our day to day and set a new routine for ourselves and find what best works for us in these new times.

4. Map it out

From small changes to big changes, change throughout our lives is inevitable. I believe it is important to map out the changes, see how it affects us, and then take action to deal with it. To address the challenges we may encounter because change happens, it is important to acknowledge it so you can move past it. The coronavirus pandemic is altering our lives and it’s easy to spot the large changes we have to make. Notice the changes so that you can figure out how to adjust to it, like setting up regular facetimes with a friend to lessen the feeling of isolation. Or how about setting some goals for yourself to finish before self-quarantining is lifted!

5. A healthy body can help build a healthy mind

If you’re feeling stressed with all that is going on in the world, exercise it out! Exercising is known to help release endorphins and taking control of your body’s health is a great thing to focus on. Although many gyms have closed down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are so many free online workout classes to choose from and most of them don’t require you to buy anything! You can even just take a walk around your neighborhood!

Hope these tips help you navigate through these challenging times! Stay safe, stay healthy, and remember to love and be kind to each other. We can get through this together!

~Lucy Li

[1.] https://blog.innerdrive.co.uk/8-ways-to-cope-with-change
[3.] https://au.reachout.com/articles/7-tips-for-dealing-with-change