Preparing yourself for the new normal

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caused massive changes in our daily lives quickly and abruptly and our world has changed dramatically. Many people are lucky enough to adapt; others have a hard time coping with the new situation, which is causing an immense amount of stress.

All of this has made stress management important to people, families, workers and companies.

As we open our doors for the new normal, here are some ways on how you can prepare yourself physically and emotionally:

1. Observe the changes

The key part that was introduced to us are the changes in our lives. Working from home, remote education, cancellation of international flights, shut down of retail and restaurants are the major changes caused by COVID-19. With these changes, we can identify and create plans so we can continue with our lives.

2. Spend time with friends and family.

Stay constantly in touch with your loved ones by using the technology available. Allow your loved ones to share with you their thoughts and concerns and show empathy.

3. Talk about it.

This will help you alleviate tension and understand that others have the same thoughts and feelings that you have. Remember that all the feelings that we are undergoing right now are valid.

4. Care after yourself.

Take the most rest and workout you can find. Seek to continue any religious rituals or events centering on you. Set a schedule for yourself to avoid overworking.

5. Take one step at a time.

Returning to our usual task is a process. Break the job up into doable tasks. Complete that task first and then move on to the next one.

6. Stay positive and keep looking forward.

Days, eventually, will get better. We have to stay positive and keep up our long-term goals. We also have to realistically plan long-term if in case the pandemic will still be present in the coming months.

Last and most importantly,

7. Help, if you can.

We need to help each other to fight this pandemic. Donate blood, help prepare meals for the elderly, volunteer to clean up and rebuild a community, or even just simply educating the people within your network on the proper safety measures that should be practiced. We need to work together because we, as a people, are the only ones who can stop the spread of the virus.