Hello, how are you coping with the new normal?
Now that we all are entering into a new phase, the new normal is what it’s called, in which the shock brought by the spreading of an infectious disease without a direct cure is starting to calm down, we are beginning to slide in some kind of limbo, adjusting to updated rules here and there.
However even though the shock is dying down the anxious people are not necessarily going to be less anxious. In fact, this new normal is stirring up new what-ifs. It seems we are all caught up in between two phases and the obscurity is there, screaming in front of us.
Today, I compiled a list of helpful activities to somehow lessen the unstable state of our minds.
1. Reconnect with your hobbies
What’s one thing you enjoy doing but is always set aside due to lack of time or because you simply have so much work? Now is the perfect time to immerse yourself in that particular activity. This will not only positively distract you but engaging thoroughly will ease your mind of unnecessary thoughts and help keep your focus in shape.
Getting engaged with an activity that is dear to us, re-focuses our minds. It drowns the past concerns and future questions by pulling us into a state of here and now with no judgement of other time period except the what is.Tweet
2. Read books, discover blogs
Ah, the heavenly scent of opening the pages of a book. Who else agrees? Do you have a favorite book? I’m gonna be honest I grew up reading Harry Potter and that series is absolutely still my favorite.
Reading books is one of those activities that get our mind engrossed in a story, a journey, an adventure of a lifetime which most of the time, something that cannot transpire in our real lives but the good thing about it is that, reading is like watching a movie but without a screen. It encourages our imagination to run wild but only within the context of the story and thus pushes anxious thoughts aside.
3. Get yourself a cup of tea
Yes, tea, and please don’t do more than a cup of coffee during these days! Drinking tea is associated with a positive mood and feelings of relaxation. It will not totally calm you down but for the time being, the ritualistic preparing of tea and consuming it helps in mediating stress in general.
4. Listen to relaxing music
It doesn’t have to be actual music. It can be natural sounds such as water running down a stream, the sound of rain, leaves rustling in the wind, or birds chirping, or whatever it is that you would want to listen to. The good thing is that all these sounds are searchable on Youtube so go ahead and explore, but I want to recommend strongly listening to natural sounds. Essentially we are part of nature, and sounds that celebrate life produce a calming effect in our mind, like that feeling of coming home after a long day.
5. Organize your wardrobe
I don’t know what is it with sitting down and folding clothes but organizing my wardrobe brings a sense of calmness for me. Feeling the texture of each piece, holding, and then mindfully folding them satisfies me in a relaxing way. Knowing that there is something here at my disposal that I can control, lessens the feeling of uncertainties.
I am not the type to be positive all the time. In fact, I am extremely sensitive and easily gets all emotional but if there is one thing I am thankful for in this dark times of the 20th century, it is the opportunity to be with ourselves more and the chance to appreciate life and all the small things we usually take granted for. I’m not saying I’m thankful because there is a pandemic going on, but I am grateful for the realizations that this event is giving me, that no matter how uncertain life is, we can still choose to act and be humans.
Stay safe everyone. Lovelots.
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