You're Not Alone- 5 common feelings we all are experiencing in this pandemic

The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has made a major impact on our lives forever changing the global landscape. Bringing about extenuating circumstances, it has resulted in several people facing challenges that are stressful and overwhelming. In such a time, learning to cope with this stress in a healthy way will prove to be a valuable tool.
 
It will help make you, your loved ones, and all those around you become far stronger and more resilient. The best part is that developing effective coping mechanisms will be instrumental in helping you deal with the five common feelings that are rampant among those dealing with COVID-19. 
 
1. Burnt Out 

Working from home has become a blessing in disguise for many. No commute, more time with family, and a better place to focus are just some of the things people point out when asked why they love their work from home lifestyle. But working from home is bound to make you restless and can leave you feeling burnt out.  

That is why it is important for you to develop the right practices, maintain a consistent schedule, know when to stop, and most importantly build a characteristic break between work and play. Remember that the best work only comes out when we are well rested and stress free so make it a priority to look after yourself just as well as you look after work. 

 
2. Hopeless 

Constantly hearing about the Coronavirus and the widespread rampage being caused may have you feeling hopeless. We understand that. Chances are that if you feel hopeless, you really want to be able to step out there and find a solution. And that is what you should do. There are plenty of NGOs working endlessly to provide relief. Look at signing up with them as a volunteer or even donating for some of their work. While it may not completely change the entire ecosystem, it would help you feel a little better.  

 
3. Overwhelmed 

With information about the Coronavirus and its resultant deaths constantly coming in at you, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. But it is important to know when to draw the line. Take a step back if you feel like there is a lot going on and you are not able to process it positively. Turn off the breaking news alert and resist the urge to check coronavirus data all the time. 

 
4. Lonely 

Introvert or extrovert, the feeling of loneliness is common to all of us - and has only been heightened with the lockdown. When you are away from family and friends, it can be a challenging phase. It is okay, and in fact normal, to feel lonely at times, but it is just as important to find a solution. Look at video calls, sending each other gifts, or even writing out what you are feeling. In the end, you will feel much better.  

 
5. Anxious

You feel anxious about venturing out. You worry about things going wrong. You worry about getting sick or infecting someone else. Anxiety is common and is a normal response to facing a large-scale crisis that has resulted in such widespread fear. But it is important to recognize and remember that this anxiety will not serve you. It may end up doing better than harm. So, you must take steps to bring your anxiety in check. Even something as simple as talking to a loved one should help.  

When you are feeling the emotions mentioned above, it may be easy to think that you are alone. However, it is just as important to hold your ground, develop effective coping mechanisms, and find the right methods to deal with such emotions.  

When you are feeling the emotions mentioned above, it may be easy to think that you are alone. Remember that we are in the midst of a pandemic - a pandemic that has completely thrown apart our previous forms of functioning and is continually providing more and more challenges. However, it is just as important to hold your ground, develop effective coping mechanisms, and find the right methods to deal with such emotions. By staying positive, adopting a mindset of abundance, and remaining true to your emotions, you can keep a check on your mental health.