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“Trials in life help us to grow by making us not only better persons than we were before but by making us stronger. The challenge to become a better version of yourself  is not dwelling too long on your trials but rather, Focusing the good that lies ahead”                    ~ Etta D. Richards

I grew up hearing my grandparents and many in their age group speaking about Hurrican Besty,  for them it was one of the worse hurricanes to have passed through the Bahamas during the 60s. They would speak about palm trees being snapped in half, massive flooding resulting in people being trapped in their homes for days. Here in Scotland they speak about Snowstorms and flooding, a few years ago I experienced one of those snowstorms and yes it was pretty bad, it snowed for what felt like forever, schools, businesses were forced to shut. But then it stopped snowing. In all that we’ve experienced many of us have persevered, we made it through because everything comes to an end and in the aftermath, we always look back on the storms, the floods with gratitude that we made it through.

Every disaster, every storm we’ve experienced up to this point in our lives, have not prepared us for what is happening around the world right now. The Coronavirus has brought changes to our lives some of us have never experienced. It’s forced us to adapt to a “new normal” through drastic changes to our lifestyles. Going to the food store, walks in the park, socialising with friends, visiting your Grandparents and those who fall under the vulnerable spectrum……..Going to work! Things that we often took for granted have now become a scheduled event, some of which we’ve had to cut out altogether until further notice. A friend of mine said when she now goes to the food store, it feels like she’s living an episode of “The Walking Dead.” It’s great to have some expression of humour during this time of The Coronavirus but we know the dangers and are doing our part in keeping ourselves and those around us safe. I’m currently at home due to falling under the vulnerable person category, so I know how important it is to stay healthy!

Right now life may seem overwhelming, the world may seem like it’s falling down around us. For some getting used to this “new normal” may be difficult for some, especially the extroverts, however, as difficult as it may feel right now, we have more luxury than generations before us who lived through not just one, but two World Wars. We live in an age where we have the world at our fingertips, even if your job doesn’t allow you to work from home and you are in self-isolation, fill all this free you now have with something! Anything!

4  Things you can do right now to beat the boredom at home

1. Do things around your home you’ve been putting off.

2. Catch up with family or friends via social media or video calling

3. Do an online course, there lots of sites now offering them for free.

4.  Start a new hobby!

7 Recommendations that can keep you sane

1. Taking intervals Isolating yourself from news about the virus. (Everything we need to know, we already know).

2. Don’t overload your brain by looking for additional information on the Internet, it would weaken your mental state and could cause somatization.

3. Avoid sending chains and fatalistic messages. Some people don’t have the same mental strength as you (Instead of helping you, you could activate pathologies such as depression).

4. If possible, listen to music at home at a pleasant volume.
* Look for board games to entertain children, tell stories and future plans.

5. Maintain discipline in the home by washing your hands, putting up a sign or alarm for everyone in the house. As well as discipline if you have to leave your home through social distancing and following social protocol.

6. Stay positive!  Your positive mood will help protect your immune system, while negative thoughts have been shown to depress your immune system and make it weak against viruses.

7. Most importantly, firmly believe that this will pass!

Recommendations courtesy of the College of Psychology 

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