The pandemic has wiped out a large portion of the population. You are now left all alone, facing a world you once knew. After your initial shock and sadness, you might feel many emotions about those you have lost: fear, panic, disbelief, anger. You must learn to cope with those emotions to move on with your life.
One way to do this is to take some time for yourself, pamper, and soothe yourself. This may be something you have not done in a long time. Here are some tips on how to do that:
- Give yourself time to mourn. It is natural to feel like you want to curl up with your grief. You may feel like this for days, weeks, or even months. This is normal. It is okay to take time for yourself after the pandemic has wiped out everyone you ever knew and loved!
- Look at old pictures of family and friends that you love. It can be helpful to look at the faces of your loved ones when you miss them. You can also look at pictures of when they were not sick to remind yourself that they still had diseases even in the time before the pandemic. Remember that no one is ever guaranteed a life free from disease!
- Take a hot bath with all your favorite soaps and bubble bath. Light candles and listen to your favorite music. If you do not have any, look at pictures of what you think is the best music in the world and create a playlist for yourself! After taking a bath, sit and relax in a reclining massage chair. This will soothe your body and calm your mind.
- Spend an entire day doing nothing but watching your favorite movies and playing computer games (if you still have electricity). Create a bucket list of all the movies you want to watch and all the games you want to play.
- Write a letter to your loved ones (or to a higher power if you do not believe in an afterlife), telling them everything you are feeling. It can be very cathartic to write down your thoughts and feelings, and it can also help you come to terms with what has happened.
- Cook your favorite meals. If you do not have any recipes, look online for some favorite comfort foods. There is nothing like a home-cooked meal to make you feel better!
- Spend time outside in nature. Take a walk, sit under a tree, or go for a run. Being in nature can soothe the soul and help you connect with the world around you.
- Spend time with friends and family (if they are still alive). Whether you go out for dinner or stay in and chat, spending time with people you care about can help you feel connected to the world.
- Journal your thoughts and feelings. This can be a great way to process everything that has happened. It can also help you identify any triggers that may set off your sadness or grief.
- Seek professional help if you feel like you are not coping well. There is no shame in admitting that you need help and seeking guidance from a professional. They can help you work through your emotions and start to move on.
Pampering yourself after the pandemic may seem like a foreign concept, but it can be very helpful in helping you to cope. Taking some time for yourself can allow you to mourn the loss of those you loved, remember the good times, and begin to move on from the pandemic.
BONUS TIP: If it is too hard to cope on your own, you can always find comfort by reaching out to others who are in a similar position. Try joining an online support group and talking with others about their experiences and how they’ve coped.