Vasudhaiva KutumbakamVasudhaiva

The whole World is one Family.!!

It is rightly said that the whole World as one Family must wear heavy boots of optimism, humanity, humbleness and they should be loud enough to hold any pandemic situation around World; around Life. No matter how critical calamity arises, we all human beings should unite together, face the challenges and fight till last breath to save mankind.

In tough times, the best way to overcome hardship is to lean on all of your loved ones but the novel corona virus pandemic has made that quite literally impossible to do. Some may be quarantining in homes, some away from family members, friends, or colleagues-classmates, and social distancing efforts, in short you probably won't be able to do all the things you normally do together. Regardless of how many people you live with or how many times you've been able to safely see loved ones, the quarantine lifestyle that's necessary to keep COVID-19 at bay is far from easy.

You've probably spent the majority of the last few months finding ways to get by: Maybe you've whipped up new recipes, redecorated or reorganized, hosted virtual happy hours, and played plenty of games with friends. It's okay if you're starting to feel the hopelessness creep in, though. The first step to dealing with anxiety, stress, or other feelings around COVID-19 is to acknowledge them.

As you watch the events around the outbreak of Corona Virus unfurl, it is not unnatural to feel increasing stress and panic.

The news keeps pouring in and the information can be overwhelming and scary. You may have anxiety and fear due to a lot of issues such as dealing with at-risk family members or patients, trying to keep kids occupied while being indoors all day, managing to get work done while at home, or simply adjusting to the new situation. As the days go by, the stress can add up and affect you both physically and mentally.

Why not heed words of advice from those who have overcome all the issues we're experiencing now? Take stock of the moment to remind yourself that the pandemic will come to an end one day, and find motivation to empower yourself to get through the situation as best as you can.

Well here are few steps pen down to manage stress:-

1. Wake up early & Exercise Regularly

One should wake-up early in the morning before sunrise and respire all the fresh air while walking on terrace, lobby area, or maybe nearby garden area. Aerobic exercises can still be done within the walls of your home or the compound of your apartment, such as walking, running or climbing stairs. Even playing with your kids or pets can help burn off some calories. Exercising helps release endorphins within your system, which play a vital role in elevating your mood and keeping a positive attitude. Stretching exercises and yoga also help keep you fit and your mind calm. Subscribe to easy-to-follow YouTube videos or fitness and wellness websites for simple exercise regimens to do at home.

2. Take a Break

The constantly negative news can be a lot to handle. Decide the amount of exposure to the news that works for you. Especially if there are children involved, make sure you expose them to only age-appropriate material. Every so often disconnect physically and mentally from anything to do with the Corona virus coverage. Play with puzzles, read a book, reorganize or clean instead.

3. Connect with Others

During these times of uncertainty or fear, it is essential to connect with others. Being in isolation and all the unwarranted fear can lead to stress and depression. Reach out to family, friends, and colleagues regularly through phone calls, messages or emails. Check on those who are living by themselves and the elderly members of your family. It also helps to rationalize your fears and be informed on how they are doing.

4. Take Adequate Rest

Stress and anxiety created by the evolving news and information overload can be aggravated by a lack of sleep. Getting the recommended amount of sleep aids in managing stress and staying focused during the day. Avoid stimulants like caffeine, alcohol or nicotine before bedtime. Having a bedtime routine is also recommended, such as taking a bath, or having a cup of non-caffeinated herbal tea before you go to sleep. Planning for the next day also helps alleviate stress due to uncertainty.

5. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Unnecessary stress can cause you to overeat or eat unhealthy, adversely affecting your metabolism. Avoid emotional eating by identifying trigger factors and keeping away from the urge. Keep healthy snacks around you such as fruit bowls, nuts or even granola bars. Keeping your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day helps regulate your mood and emotions. Good nutrition also keeps your immune system healthy.

6. Practice Good Hygiene

Be extra vigilant and follow the precautions that have been advised. Keep your floors clean and sanitize hard surfaces regularly. Make sure you take a bath every day and are maintaining a daily personal hygiene routine.

7. Find Ways to Express Yourself

Whether by putting pen to paper, capturing videos, scrapbooking, keeping a journal or by blogging, expressing yourself helps to cope with your feelings. You can either write extensively or just a line a day, as long as you find a hobby that works best for you. This keeps the stress away and gives you something to look forward to every day.

8. Get Organized

Being at home all day may inspire you to re-organize your furniture or rearrange your wardrobe. Taking up a small project at a time and completing it can give you a sense of achievement. This can also bring some changes that you may have always wanted, but didn’t have the time for.

9. Offer Help to People when You Can

If you need help with groceries or medications for someone at home, do not hesitate to ask for help. Similarly, if you are stepping out, you can take a list of errands from elderly or sick people who cannot get out. Helping people out gives you a sense of fulfillment and calms the restless mind.

10. Evade Paranoia

The virus can turn even the sanest people into hypochondriacs. Reading about people experiencing all kinds of symptoms on the internet can make you start scrutinizing yourself for the slightest changes. Your mind begins to race through the possibilities and tries to figure out whether there is danger and what to do about it. The challenge lies in managing the anxiety that comes with it. Avoid building up small things in your head and focus on the now. Avoid thinking too far into the future and try to stay positive.

11. Entertain Yourself

Binge-watch shows on television or stream them online. Get comfortable and get ready to commit hours of your life to view someone else’s drama. If you have kids at home, play Disney and other animated movies, keeping them occupied for hours at once. Pick up a hobby like planting flowers if you have an interest in gardening, or try out new recipes and curate something. Have you always wanted to try your hand at baking? This is the time to see that wish come to life. Be patient and start with a basic recipe to discover a possible hidden talent in you! You can even pick up multiplayer games on apps such as House party that allow you to video conference with friends and play simple online games such as Hangman, Pictionary and Trivia quizzes. This way you’ll get some facetime with your friends and stay occupied.

12. The Bottom Line

Simple steps like these can help bring a sense of normalcy and help you cope with the changing environment. Try to keep those around you, especially children, calm and focused. Reach out to a counsellor telephonically if you are unable to manage your anxiety on your own. Ensure that you don’t give in to panic and stress as it compromises your immunity in the long run.

13. Meditate your Mind

One should understand that we are not merely body made up of matter, rather we are a blessed soul imfragmented from Super Soul resting at heavenly abode. Lord has given us birth to enjoy all the pleasures of motherland Earth. Henceforth, we must pray to Lord Almighty on daily basis for giving such a wonderful gift in form of life, meditate our mind to focus on the lotus feet of Lord Krishna, The Absolute Truth, The Supreme Personality of Godhead.

It would not be incorrect to say at the end that:

"We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Once our senses vanishes, no one remembers the material body. The only thing through which our soul is remembered in upcoming generations is how humble we were, how much respect we shared and who all we helped in difficult times of livelihood. Therefore, let's bring out a change in ourselves and inculcate HUMANITY & RESPECT FOR EVERYONE AS A TRUE RELATION."