I wish you’re all safe and at home right now!
This is crazy.
And I know it’s easy to get caught up in all the bad news that comes out hour after hour.
However, we all know very well that letting stress consume you is absolutely terrible for you and your health.
Both mental AND physical.
When you’re stressed, your immune system gets weaker and when you have anxiety, it’s hard to get high-quality sleep.
Which also harms your immune system.
So, unwind and focus on doing what you can to stay healthy.
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12 Ways To Find Peace Of Mind During In 2020
1. Stay away from the news
No, you don’t need to know how many people have died in Italy every single day.
Chances are, you already know how bad this situation is.
Plus, I’m sure you’ve read all the official recommendations about what you can do at home and outside to prevent this virus from spreading.
If you haven’t, check out these guides by official health organization:
So now let’s focus on contributing our grain of sand to stop the virus from spreading more.
And please, stop reading and hearing things that stress you out!
2. Follow (or develop) your morning routine
Drink water before breakfast, have breakfast, take a shower, style your hair.
Doing what you do every day under normal circumstances will keep you grounded.
And it’ll give you a sense of normalcy and peace.
3. Meditate first thing in the morning for 5 minutes
Meditating helps relieve stress and anxiety!
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4. Journal every day and list at least 3 things you’re grateful for
Let’s not forget we still have a lot to be grateful for. Most of us are still healthy!
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5. Keep your caffeine intake very low (or reduce it completely)
Caffeine increases your alertness and your heartbeat, which is detrimental in moments like this when anxiety reigns.
Drink tea or decaf coffee instead.
6. Don’t believe every rumor you hear
Some people love taking things to extremes. Don’t play that game!
Learn about the virus on official sites only, like:
And please, if you hear something about the virus or anything related to it, don’t spread that information! Especially if what you hear seems sensationalist or unreal.
Let official channels do their job.
7. Ask people around you to stop talking about topics that make you anxious
And propose new and interesting topics.
Or, you can also talk about fun memories and anecdotes.
But whatever you do, let your mind and heart rest a little from all this scary information.
8. Watch a comedy series or movie to relieve your stress a little
Did you know that laugher has many short and long-term benefits?
- stimulates your heart, lungs, and muscles,
- increases the endorphins that are released by your brain,
- stimulates circulation and aid muscle relaxation (which in turns helps reduce stress),
- improves your immune system,
- and much more!
So, go ahead and watch a great comedy movie and let your body take in all the amazing benefits of laughter.
9. Stop overthinking
I know. It’s easier said than done!
That’s why I recommend meditating first thing in the morning and doing some journaling.
Meditating helps you train your mind to live in the present moment and stop overthinking.
And journaling helps you vent all your worries.
These two activities are great on their own; but combined, they’re the perfect recipe to find peace of mind.
10. Invest your time in learning new things, developing skills or perfecting your craft
I’ve seen and heard more people complain about being stuck at home than I can count.
Sure. Staying home voluntarily is way different than staying because there’s a deadly virus spreading everywhere.
However, many of the perks of staying home remain!
You can still use the Internet to your advantage and enroll in a new online course or get into a new hobby.
Check out YouTube for free content about virtually any topic you can think of.
Or check out Udemy and its amazing course catalog to find free and paid courses about a wide variety of topics.
11. Follow a healthy diet
Knowing your body is healthy, strong and ready to fight infections and diseases will give you peace of mind.
So, eat a lot of fruits and veggies, stay away from sugar and eat your protein.
Help your body be ready!
12. Start a side hustle
Side hustles are amazing for two reasons:
- they can help you uncover or discover new passions;
- you can turn them into money-making machines.
I know many people are more worried about the economic consequences of this situation than anything else.
So maybe it’s time to start looking for new ways to make money!
Check out Side Hustle, by Chris Guillebeau.
In this book, Chris (who’s a pro when it comes to side hustles), carries you through the whole process of coming up with an idea and making it become a reality.
The book says you can have a side hustle ready in 27 days.
But, in my opinion, it’s more like 27 steps; some of them require more than a day for you to complete it.
That being said, it’s an amazing book. I started this blog thanks to it!
I hope these ideas help you stay sane during these insane times.
If you’ve been doing something to relieve stress and keep you productive that I haven’t listed here, please tell me about it!
And remember: we’re all in this together. We got this!