With social distancing and isolation, it can be tough to keep stress and anxiety at a manageable level. With all the things you have to do, including working from home, it is challenging to keep everything in order, but here are some tips on how to manage stress in the times of the pandemic.
Exercising is one of the best ways to relieve stress. If you can exercise outdoors, even better, because something is soothing about the fresh air and nature. Running is a great form of exercise, not only to help with anxiety and depression but also to improve the quality of your sleep, which can really enhance your mood and energy levels during the day.
If you are concerned about being outdoors, you can take your workout indoors. If your budget allows it, invest in some home gym equipment, however it is not necessary. There are so many workouts that you can do with no equipment.
After a couple of days of regular workout sessions, you will be able to notice the considerable shift in your mood and stress levels.
Although technically it should fall under a category of exercises, when it comes to stress management, yoga is an exercise that stands out the most.
All you need is a yoga mat, and you are ready to go. As a meditative exercise, yoga promotes relaxation for the mind, which results in the calmer brain and body. If you have never tried yoga before, find a good beginner program – more advanced exercises can be demanding. You will feel improvement after only one session, and you’ll keep coming back for more.
Practice mindfulness and meditation
If you are dealing with anxiety and stress, chances are you’re also prone to overthinking. If you want to manage your negative thinking and stress, mindfulness and meditation is a great way to do it.
There is something calming about fully being in the present moment. Use guided meditation as a beginning step to practice mindfulness and techniques for learning to place your mind in the present.
You can use essential oils or a candle you like to help you manage your stress. The limbic system manages our sense of smell, but so are our emotions and behavior. Because the scent of a candle we like stimulates our brain, it creates a sense of pleasure and relief. Using aromas to improve your mood is called aromatherapy, and it is an old practice that has been helping many people over the centuries.
Talk with somebody
Talking about your feelings and thoughts can help you to better understand them and learn how to manage them. If you do not have someone to talk to, there are many certified psychologists and psychiatrists that can help you online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Having support throughout these hard times is essential to keep good mental health hygiene, but also to continue growing as people.
Although it can be hard to see the positive around us, being in a good mood is something that can help us in the long run. This is the perfect time to spend with your loved ones or catch up with the movies and tv shows you have meant to watch or even pick up a new hobby to help you with stress and anxiety, like painting or singing.