While you can – and should – demand spaces that make you feel and be better, you don’t have full control and that can cause anxiety before you even turn the news on. It is widely understood that stress and anxiety are counterproductive to our immune system. So, what can you do to help yourself thrive in these unprecedented circumstances?
Secure the freedom and ability (technology and ergonomics) to work remotely, esp. if your workplace isn’t able to demonstrate the evidence recommended above.
(2) Exert constructive pressure…
Knowledge truly is power, especially over your anxiety. Know how the coronavirus is transmitted (through inhaling or ingesting it, e.g. as an airborne viral droplet or through contact with infected surfaces). Also know the difference between cleaning (physical removal of particles like dust, which can coat the virus, making it resistant to disinfection), sanitization (indiscriminately kills living organisms), and disinfection (de-activates pathogens).
(3) Control your workspace.
Make sure that your workstation is cleaned and disinfected – do it yourself if need be (hopefully disinfectants are provided to you) and if that’s not possible, advocate for yourself to continue to work remotely.
(4) Eat/drink well.
For most Americans, food (and drink) are firmly linked to our stress responses. But while (habit, nostalgia) you are probably craving sugars, other carbs, and alcohol, they mess with your gut bacteria and that’s where your immune powers live. So, if you can’t retrain your palette, look for non-ingestible ways to show kindness and compassion to yourself.
(5) Bask in the sunlight.
If the sun’s out, take a few moments to ground yourself in that spot, look up, and take a few deep breaths. It will help you absorb calcium and calibrate your circadian rhythm for better sleep, which underpins your immune system.
Enough said. If you’re still not doing it, ask yourself why and chip away at the obstacles.
Biologically, uncertainty is only exciting if we ultimately control the outcome. Otherwise, it is outright stressful – which is why many of us are losing quality sleep. So, any effort that reminds you that your mind is only one part of who you are, subservient to how you want to live through this, may be helpful.