Here's how to stop focusing on when the pandemic will end

Meanwhile, a report published in the journal Science suggests after lockdown ends – a date we don’t know for certain yet – “prolonged or intermittent social distancing may be necessary into 2022” to prevent the virus resurfacing at dangerous levels. A family from Sao Goncalo follows the Palm Sunday Mass celebration on TV during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 5 in Niteroi, Brazil. Staying home after her school canceled classes due to the spread of the new coronavirus, Sofia Cortes jumps rope on the roof of a building in Mexico City, on March 31. Hungarian musician Adam Moser plays for neighbours from his balcony, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Budapest, Hungary, on March 22. Members of a flat-sharing community watch the 'Bambi' film of Disney at their living room, in Dortmund, western Germany, on March 27, amidst the pandemic of the new coronavirus COVID-19.  Naomi and her husband Doug Hassebroek enjoy a happy hour and cheer friends and family from their home using Zoom to connect digitally at the end of their first Friday working from home due to concerns over the rapid spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brooklyn, New York, on March 20. Clementine Canlis, of Seattle, watches an online lecture on March 12, after her private school closed for five weeks due to the coronavirus. Bendel is production manager of a dance project in which children and elderly people are involved.  Ines Prandini, 85, washes her husband's hands, Gino Verani, 87, at home in San Fiorano, one of the original 'red zone' towns in northern Italy that has now been extended to the whole country, on March 15. A mother with her two sons, aged 2 and 7, stay in touch with their grandparents by facetime due to schools closing and confinement because of the Coronavirus outbreak on March 20 in Paris, France. Leanne Francis, first grade teacher at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, conducts an online class from her living room on March 20 in San Francisco, California. Abby, 6, with her mother Lisa working on art during home schooling in the backyard during the Coronavirus outbreak isolation lockdown on March 20 in Claira, France. But without a detailed exit plan – or a fixed end date to look forward to – there are still ways to let go of our fascination with time, or at least relieve some of the pressure it gives rise to.  ____________________________________________________ More on coronavirus: ____________________________________________________ Firstly, get your wellbeing basics in order, says Allali-Carling, as this will empower you, “whilst managing a situation we are powerless to change”. Tips include avoiding excessive news consumption, staying remotely connected with loved ones, writing a gratitude journal and seeking out online therapy or faith groups if they help you.