COVID-19: Here’s a trusted guide on staying sane during this pandemic

by Damola Morenikeji

One of my friends asked me over the phone some days ago how I am staying sane during this pandemic.

One of the resolutions I made some years ago about limiting how I consume the news finally paid up during this time. I only have a few trusted platforms where I get news from, and for ease, there are days I go without getting any information about the pandemic. I call it no-virus-news day, and luckily those that communicate with me have been respectful of this.

I learnt to understand that these are uncertain times, and be real about the scope of my efforts to reduce the spread of the virus. The least I could do – which is important nonetheless – is to stay home, stay in touch with myself and help others around me do same, and when that is done, support others working to solve this crisis.

As much as I can, I avoid situations that can trouble my spirit or state of mind. For those I can’t avoid – those that involve relationships I am deeply invested in, I have learnt to accept things, talk to someone I trust about it and acknowledge what I can do or not do.

I have to admit that love has been my pomade. It’s precious to be in a constant state of giving and receiving love, with family, colleagues and associates.

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