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July 05, 2020
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rapidly and abruptly caused massive changes in our daily lives, and our world has drastically changed. Some people are fortunate enough to adapt; others, unfortunately, are having a hard time dealing with the current situation, which causes an overwhelming amount of stress. 
Stress is a normal reaction to an unusual situation. However, the uncertainties nowadays bring tremendous, unavoidable stress. Everyday gets more difficult as we keep hearing alarming information, which can jeopardize our health and safety. 
More than a month ago, Congress has filed House Bill No. 6623 which institutionalizes new norms of physical distancing in public places and other safety measures once the enhanced community quarantine is lifted. 
At the moment, the Department of Education has announced a compressed school year calendar, encouraging the utilization of distance learning activities ; businesses are asked to resume but with a skeletal workforce or a work-from-home setup; physical distancing and wearing of face masks are mandatory; cashless transactions are encouraged; malls and establishments are not allowed to fully operate to prevent the spread of the virus; and huge public gatherings might not see the light of day for a long time. 
However, instead of dwelling on things that we can’t control, it’s important that we dedicate our energy into things that we can control. Here are some tips that can help you prepare for the new normal:
Talk about it. It’s always a good thing to open up to someone; it can help you relieve stress and even realize that others share the same experiences and feelings that you have. 
Spend time with friends and family. Always stay in touch with your loved ones by making use of available technologies. If you have children, encourage them to share their feelings and concerns with you. 
Take care of yourself. Get as much rest and exercise as possible. Try to continue any religious practices or centering activities. 
Take one task at a time. Getting things back to “normal” is a process. Break the job up into doable tasks. Complete one first and then move on to the next. In doing so, it will give you a sense of accomplishment and make things seem less overwhelming. 
Disconnect. Switch off ‘noise’ such as social media, news, and television. Check reliable news sources once or twice a day, but otherwise replace ‘noise’ with things that can help you, such as music, entertainment, games, meditation, or healthy routines like tidying your room, or connecting with loved ones. 
Be kind to yourself. Remember to be gentle to yourself and others. Most people are probably as stressed and worried as you are and reaching out will not only help them, but it will also help you feel good about yourself. 
Keep looking forward. It may not feel like it, but things will get better. Believe! Maintain your long-term goals and think about enjoyable things you can do each day or throughout the week. 
Cliche as it may be, but it’s also important that you always keep this in mind:
This, too, shall pass.
This may be the new normal now, but remember that you are not alone in this situation; together, we can all get through this.