With the coronavirus bringing challenges and uncertainty we’ve never faced before, it’s natural for us to stress a bit (or a lot). Stress and anxiety are common responses to difficult situations or events, and the pandemic is an unprecedented obstacle that is placing us under a strain. Ongoing severe stress can be a risk factor for mental health issues. During this worrying time, managing stress levels must be a priority. Here are some ways to lessen stress and stay zen.
This is perhaps the easiest thing to do, yet the easiest one to forget. Taking a few minutes to stop and take deep breaths will do you good. Practice your breathing to slow your heartbeat, lower your blood pressure and reduce stress. You can do this anywhere! The next time your mind is racing, close your eyes. Breath in through your nose. This allows your whole belly to fill up. Hold it for one second, and then slowly exhale through the mouth.
- Turn off the television, and go outside.
Most of us have been working from home and binge watching shows for months. For a change, stop that and take a short walk or a bike ride (with a mask, of course). If possible, you can also sit in the park or go for a while. As long as you’re taking all the necessary health precautions, you should be fine.
- Take a much-needed social media detox.
Browsing through social media profiles has an amazing way to destress and stay in touch with loved ones during the quarantine. Though, it can become overwhelming, most especially with all the false information spreading online. Instead of scrolling through your feed endlessly, consider reading a book. Aside from that, you can also work on a gratitude journal. Write about the things you’re grateful for every day. This will help you focus on the positive aspects of life.
- Manage your workload.
Our jobs play a huge role in our lives, but it’s crucial to have a sustainable work-life balance, most especially if you’re working from home. If your daily routine is increasing your stress level, avoid additional responsibilities and long hours. Learn how to say ‘no’ more often.
- Reach out to a friend.
When you’re feeling anxious and stressed, take a break. Then, call a dear friend to talk about your life issues. Good relationships with loved ones are important to a healthy lifestyle. Reassuring voices, even for just one minute, can put everything in place.
- Drink tea instead of coffee.
A big dose of caffeine may cause a short-term spike in your blood pressure. Instead of energy drinks or coffee, try drinking green tea. Tea has less than half coffee’s caffeine and has healthy antioxidants. It also has theanine, an amino acid that has a calming effect on our nervous system.
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