Let’s face it, the #COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to “face” ourselves, pun intended. The social measures enforced to help “flatten” the curve have left a lot of us with idle time to address what we would have otherwise swept under the rug, in the hustle and bustle.

What is the quality of your thoughts? What are your coping mechanisms?

This article offers tips on how to avoid going on a downward spiral during lockdown or quarantine.

1.Stop saying, “you’re stuck at home.”

This is a crippling statement that often leads to negative thinking. The word ‘stuck’ binds you into thinking that you are in a fix, conditioning your mind into limited thinking. Infusing your mind with positive thoughts allows you to see opportunities in front of you.

2.Make a to-do list

 The best way to be productive is to ensure that you jot things down. Your list will vary based on your circumstances, attune your list in a way that allows you to tend to your responsibilities as a parent, spouse or yourself, if you’re single, without forgetting to list self-care as a priority.

3.Schedule fun activities

Remember, your daily list does not only have to be filled with tedious tasks. A balance of progressive tasks such as spring cleaning can be accompanied by taking your dog for a walk at the end of the day, tending to your vegetable garden and working on your CV later, spending time with your teenage son and making time to set up an Instagram page for your business.


 The takeaway here is there is so much you can do during this lock-down period, if you set your mind to it. The satisfaction that you get after finishing one task will propel you to the next task. So, go ahead and start. Remember, you are in a season that is beyond your control, and instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.


Charity Maruva is a Harare based counselor and the founder of Solutions Counseling. Charity has been providing therapeutic services to children, teens, adults and families for the past 10 years.

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