C is for COVID-19: Your A-Z Guide for Making it Through the Pandemic

C is for COVID-19: Your A-Z Guide for Making it Through the Pandemic

It has been one year since we have been dealing with COVID-19. One year since masks, social distancing, and quarantine have been part of our daily vernacular. And while it seems this year has been very long and trying, we must not give up.

Together, we may hope for a safe and effective vaccine that will help us once again begin to enjoy all of life’s joys, the big and the small. In the meantime, please continue to wash your hands, keep your distance, and get vaccinated.

Remember, this experience’s social and emotional effects may stay with us long after the virus is gone. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. It is natural to feel anxiety, stress, and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic. But we can’t let up just yet. We must find ways to lower our stress and anxiety as we continue to hope that the end is near. 

To keep us moving forward, we’ve compiled an A to Z guide for making it through what we hope is the last months and days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Acceptance. We are in the middle of a global pandemic, and it seems like it may be with us for a while longer.

Bravery. Just because the world seems like a mess doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take chances. So apply for your dream job or go back to school. Eventually, it will happen!

Calling your loved ones often. Connection is essential right now!

Donate your time. Giving back can help you to feel better about yourself, your community, and the world around you.

Exercise. No matter what kind, it is important to move your body and stay healthy.

Family and Friends. Don’t be afraid to lean on your loved ones. They probably need you as much as you need them.

Group chats. Because it’s not safe to see our friends whenever we want, it is important to still have group interactions, even virtually.

Hobbies. Sure, we are well past the banana bread phase of quarantine. But it is important to keep busy with things you enjoy doing.

Intrigue. Stay curious and keep learning! It is important to keep your brain working while there is noticeably less stimulation around you.

Jokes. Laughter is the cure for most illnesses and bad moods. Make sure you have lots of this!

Keeping up our Caution. Don’t stop your safety precautions now. This will only lead to a prolonged pandemic. It is more important than ever to stay safe right now.

Loving Yourself and Others. The more love you spread the more love you’ll receive.

Masks. Don’t forget to wear your mask when around others not in your household, no matter what the mandate is.

Nooks. If you are working or schooling from home, by now you may have a nook in your house for privacy. Make it your own, and relish the alone time it gives you!

Online Shopping. OK, maybe this isn’t the best advice, but if you can buy it online instead of going to a store do that! Just make sure you really need it.

Purpose. Having a purpose is important, even in non pandemic times. Even if your purpose right now is to just exist, keep doing it!

Quarantine. Yes, we are all sick of this, especially as the weather gets nicer. But stay home when you can!

Rest. This year has been exhausting even if it’s been from sitting around the house. It is important to give yourself the rest your body needs, even if you feel like you don’t deserve it.

Social Distance. Keep staying 6 feet apart from everyone!

Texting. The easiest form of communication. A simple text can brighten a friend’s day, without having to be too social.

United. Stay united with your friends, family, and your community. If this year has taught us anything, it is that we are stronger together.

Vaccinations. When it is your turn, please go get your vaccination.

Wellness. Whether it is mind, body, or spirit (or even all three!) make sure your wellness is a top priority.

eXploration. Now is the time to learn a new language, read that long book, or take an online class. In 6 months you may be missing all this free time again!

Yoga. Or any calming activity that moves your body. Stay grounded and sane by practicing a well loved form of self care.

Zoom Calls. Use technology to your advantage, whether it be for work or for fun!

These are just a few things keeping us sane and most of the people we know as well. Whatever it is that has been helping you through the past year, just keep at it! Don’t let your guard down, and keep staying healthy in your mind and body. And hopefully, we will all have a wonderful summer to look forward to.

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