Whether during quarantine, self-isolation, or recovery from COVID-19, this community corner shares how people have individually dealt with this pandemic & their ways to maintain mental wellness.
This has been such a tough season for all of us. How are you feeling during this hard time? We hear you and you are not alone.
I like to schedule self-reflection sessions for myself where I write down my past emotions but also my progress in quarantine. - Eva L.
I go for a run at least three times a week. This helps me switch off my mind and at the same time it helps me to challenge myself. - Judith Kaufmann
It's okay if you don't pick up 10 new hobbies-- it's even okay if you are struggling to meet the seemingly easy goals you set for yourself! This year was about surviving, appreciating family and friends, and being grateful that you are still here and simply breathing. We are human beings, not human doings! - Liz Xu
Maintaining Social Connection
I’ve been trying to FaceTime friends & family and go outside on walks with friends. Carving out time for things like that made the pandemic so much more bearable! - Ken K.
Creating your own Joy
I make sure there's something I can look forward to everyday and proactively plan for it. That way I get excited about the day every morning when I wake up! - Christina Cho
Scheduling Self-Care Days
I like to dedicate days to myself. On these days I like to do beauty self-care, meditation, or yoga. - Valentina Rzanny
Go for a walk every day to motivate yourself! I like listening to my favorite podcast while I walk. - Pia Kuehnast
I focus on the small joys in my day! A good meal or a walk cheers me up when I’m having a bad day. - Amy Ma
Connection in Covid
I’ve been reconnecting with a few people I’m grateful for, whom I haven’t spoken with in some time, to send a note of thanks. Sharing these moments with others is a pleasant and harmless way to feel connection. - Luke Iida
I make an effort to behave like every day is important and meaningful! I also call my friends to discuss our feelings and have a good laugh. - Aurore Tigerschiold
Be patient and create a routine
Be patient with yourself and this situation. Creating a new routine helped me get through uncertain times as well as simulated me mentally. - Jamie Richardson
I’ve been hydrating better, which is linked to better sleep! - Melody Jih
Journaling to Process Thoughts
I would take a step back and write about things that are hard to digest at first — sometimes it takes a while, but the day will come when you will be able to laugh about anything. - Mike Tu
I’ve changed the types of content I consume and re-structured when I do it. I’ve found that engaging with dense material to start my day, as opposed to the constant news stream, has helped me stay positive and focused. - AJ Tomas
Don't feel ashamed
After being diagnosed with Covid I felt guilty and ashamed for contracting the virus. Remember that it can happen to anyone, even if you are really careful. - Jil Johannpeter
I make sure I have a few hours every day for myself, rather than being worried about work or studies 24/7. During those hours, I do whatever I want! - Shivanni Babu
I try to have a routine in my day -- wake up at similar times or make a cup of coffee. Small things help! - Jack Yang
Music as a Mood Booster
I have a playlist of songs that I listen to when I feel bad or stressed - it really brightens my mood! - Ragy Amin
Recovery takes time
Recovering from Covid is a long process. Take it day by day and don’t rush. One thing that helped me was writing down my progress. - Thomas J.
I find time and ways to take work breaks throughout the day, even if it’s just walking around the house or reading on the couch. - Rachel Wang
I think if you view things optimistically you’ll be more productive while enjoying what you are doing more. - Joshua Soong
I try my best not to deny myself of the pleasure that I’m craving -- even if it’s the smallest decision like making myself a green tea latte in the morning! - Vicky Xie
When starting to incorporate the practice of Mindfulness into your life, pick a time of the day that feels best to you! So, whether you're an early bird or night owl, or somewhere in between, pick a time you like best and try sticking to it. - Katy McGee
Instead of focusing on what I don't have, I remind myself of all the things I do have and reflect on what I'm grateful for despite this pandemic. - Kristen Lam
Limit Social Media
I try to limit news/social media and catch myself from scrolling mindlessly through posts. Instead, I make sure I only check the news for 5 minutes after each meal. - Alyssa Knight
Related: Read a real personal mental and physcial journey about testing positive for COVID-19
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