Coronavirus and Mental Health

Photo by Richard Gazon
Photo by Richard Gazon

For many of us, the coronavirus is one of the most serious events we've experienced in our lifetime. Never before has our generation witnessed a pandemic that has threatened the lives of our babies and elders on a global scale. People don't know whether to stock up on toilet paper, food, or bullets and a lot of people are making sure they have a hefty supply of all three.

With the government placing businesses, churches, schools, and organizations on lock down, many have expressed fears of being trapped at home causing people to almost literally lose their minds.

Here are five tips we believe can help us keep our mental health intact as we take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and each other.

1. Focus on faith over fear.

If you haven't incorporated prayer and meditation into your life, now is a great time to do so. Establishing a spiritual routine connects us to something bigger than ourselves and is the foundation for walking in hope, faith, and love. This isn't about religion per se. It's about connecting with God in a manner that solidifies our peace of mind and allows to be beacons of light for others.

2. Think of it as physical distancing, not social distancing.

While we should physically distance ourselves from others in efforts of preventing the spread of the coronavirus, we can still be social. Now more than ever, we can use social media in its original intent of deepening our existing relationships and fostering opportunities for new ones to develop. Not to mention, most cell phones have the ability to video chat and we can still call or text each other. With this in mind, we should be especially mindful of regularly checking up on your friends and family members who are living alone.

3. Prioritize quality time.

If you live with roommates, kids, or a partner, cherish this opportunity to really spend quality time together. From watching movies and catching up on shows to working out, playing board games, and cooking meals with one another, there are plenty of ways to help take everyone's mind off the virus while also reconnecting with the people you love.

4. Reflect on your purpose in life and plan for your future.

Nothing wakes us up quite like being forced to sit down and be still. Truly consider if you're living life to the fullest and resist the urge to wallow in regrets or what you haven't done. Are there hobbies you want to pick up but have been "too busy" to get to? Is there a business you've been wanting to start or a book you want to write? What about that guy or girl you've wanted to pursue and get to know better? Now is the time to make a plan to go after those dreams and goals! If there's anything to be learned from all of this, it's that life is short and it's up to us to make the most of it.

5. Find a new way to capitalize on your skills.

Here's a way to get those creative juices flowing! Whether you're a rapper or stock broker, with everyone being at home fighting cabin fever, this is a great time for you to analyze your skills and create an e-course that teaches others how to do what you do. Creating an e-course is a fun and safe way to make some extra money while also helping other people.

It doesn't have to be anything extravagant, either. You can utilize an existing email list or promote on social media (or both!). Build a website, write a series of emails or create a Facebook group where you'll host the e-course. You can use Venmo, Cash App, PayPal, or Square to collect payments.

Don't want to create a whole course? Another option is to offer consulting or coaching calls where people who are interested in walking in your footsteps can chat with you on the phone or on a video platform like Zoom or Skype. Answer their questions and share your insight for about an hour or at a reasonable price. Easy peazy.

Here's the thing. Coronavirus isn't going to be around forever. We are strong people and we will get through this. As devastating as this situation is, we can push through it by catering to our mental health. With these five ideas, you can set yourself up to be able to look back at this time as one of the most empowering seasons of your life.