Written by Andrei MoraruApr 02, 2020

As someone who was been working remotely, be it partially or fully, for 2+ years, this quarantine state has been a tad easier for me to get used to. That doesn't mean it's easy. I mean, it's not really that hard either, but for most people, it is something new. And as Falcone said in Batman Begins, you always fear what you don't understand.

There is no shame in being a bit confused and scared in these times. But if there's something that seems to be more dangerous than the virus itself, it's the seemingly neverending panic-based reactions and decisions that some people and companies make. And when you see panic-based reactions and make any of the 5 "mistakes" I'm about to go through, it will make you panicked as well. And that's never a good thing.

But enough introduction. I'm now going to go through 5 easy ways in which you can reduce the unnecessary extra stress you are putting on yourself in these times:

1. Drastically reduce the time spent on social media

Not using social media at all seems impossible and I hate advocating for completely cutting out anything from your life unless you might damage your health because of it. But if there's one thing you should absolutely do in these times is reduce the time you spend on Facebook, Instagram, even LinkedIn. Unless you're working in the marketing or HR departments of your company, or you're actively looking for a job, try to avoid Social Media networks these days. Believe me, there is nothing but doom and gloom.

2. Drastically reduce the amount of news you ingest

Much like social media, opening up any news website will only result in your mood going down the drain because, as you might expect, there is only doom and gloom. Unless it's news relevant to where you live (i.e. information about lockdown procedures and what you need to do in order to go out of your house without getting fined), do yourself a favor and close that 24h news network website or TV channel now.

3. Start working on that hobby/course/whatever you've been postponing

I managed to finish recording some personal songs in this quarantine period. I also managed to rework my website into something much more beautiful. I've also had some other ideas which I want to start working on. There is no better time than now. And there may not be a better time for a while after this passes. And never forget, it will pass.

4. Catch up on your reading

There are a million books out there which you may want to read. If you're too lazy for that, there are a million podcasts out there that can help you become better at what you want to become better at. Do yourself a favor and avoid any podcasts that discuss the current health issues. Any form of entertainment you consume must be an escape from the doom and gloom. Never forget that.

5. Understand that it will pass and allow yourself to relax

It may pass in 2 weeks, it may pass in 2 months, but this time period will pass. Stop worrying about it. Take the necessary precautionary measures (you know, stay inside, wash your hands etc.) and understand that the whole lockdown thingy is not under your control. What is under your control however are the actions you take to make sure you do not lose your sanity. Do your job to the best of your abilities, do not slack off and do not go on social media and news websites.

This whole situation is something new to basically all of us. Try not to frustrate yourself more than necessary. If you're a doctor reading this, I salute your efforts and I know it's hard. If you're a store employee, delivery person, member of the police force or a firefighter, I salute your efforts as well. If you're someone who has the ability to work from home, do it to the best of your abilities. I know I just said that, but it bears repeating. If you have unfortunately lost your job, be it temporary or indefinitely, use this time to develop some new skills and focus on finding a new job.

Before we part, remember this: it will pass and we will be ok, in the end!

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