The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a lot of us to have minimal contact with the outside world. For some, self-isolation has left them feeling confused, frantic, and hopeless. However, you can rest assured that we are all in this together. Quarantining has brought a lot of discussions to the forefront in terms of mental health. Below are a few paths towards relieving anxiety in quarantine as a way to help ease those worries that won’t seem to go away.
Text by Makayla Smith
Thanks to the internet and smartphones, mindfulness isn’t something that we have to pay for. Apps such as Headspace and Calm are the leading networks for reducing stress and finding your own personal zen. Their purpose is to improve both the health and happiness of the world.
Move Your Body
During this time when all you may feel like doing is sleeping, physical activity can be a valuable tool. You don’t even need a gym: you can get moving in your apartment. Taking short active breaks during the day, like simply doing chores or dancing when you’re listening to your music, is a good way to implement this. If that’s a little difficult, then try walking around. If you have a call, try walking instead of sitting to get your body moving.
Arts and Crafts
You’d be surprised at how doing something creative can put you at ease. This doesn’t mean that you have to paint something extravagant. Investing in a coloring book, trying embroidering and sewing, or using your hands to build something could put you back in contact with your inner child.
Be Aware of Social Media Consumption
Everything that you consume via the Internet isn’t always good for you. Don’t be afraid to delete apps when things start to become overwhelming. Try calling a friend or finding a board game to waste time instead of being on your phone.
Create A Routine
Having some sort of structure in your schedule could make you feel like things are still under control. For instance, if you have children, giving them a specific time to wake up and go to bed could ensure that there will be a routine (and most importantly) space for you to decompress. When planning for the day ahead, try and choose two or three things that you want to achieve the following day.