Protests: Staying Healthy in the Midst of Uncertainty

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By Kudzi Manase

One day at a time – The first thing to do is to take it all one day at a time: As hard as it is not too, there’s no point in worrying about what will happen tomorrow or next week and what that will mean for the future. All of these important questions and concerns are, for the moment, out of our hands. Sitting around worrying yourself will do absolutely nothing in you favor.

Keep working – This is a difficult one and it’s not easy to execute, but try to keep working. There will come a time when the weight of uncertainty and pressure makes it virtually impossible, but until then do as much as you can. When things start to pick up again, or exams go ahead, you don’t want to be in a situation where you aren’t prepared. The natural reaction is more stress and anxiety and the continuation of a vicious mental health cycle.

Talk to someone, anyone – This doesn’t have to be a professional. While voicing your concerns to friends and family can certainly be therapeutic, you should also use these opportunities to talk about other things. It’s easy to let all of the uncertainty consume you, but it’s important not to let other daily responsibilities and activities fall to the way side.

Limit your social media and news intake – As important as it is to know what’s happening, constantly checking your social media feeds or looking for the most recent update will only make you feel more agitated and anxious. Try to set aside specific times to update yourself rather than sporadically checking in.

And finally, now more than ever, you need to make sure you’re prioritizing self-care. Whatever it is you do when you feel uneasy, be it talking to friends, reading a book, meditating or going for a run, do NOT stop doing it.

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