Most of us experience typical common situations which make us anxious. Speaking in front of large groups, air travel, and more, are common examples. Some of us even have frequent pervasive thoughts about what could go wrong. Are the logs on that semi truck secured? Are we going to have another earthquake? Is my house strong enough?
Whether you are normally a little anxious or not, quarantine can be hard on anyone. It isn’t normal for us to be spending so much time in our homes, and away from our friends and family. We are also inundated with less that ideal news, on what seems like a never ending basis. All of these factors have an impact on our emotional and psychological health. We at ViB want to give you a list of strategies you can use to cope during this unique and difficult time. If your anxiety or stress level is more than you can manage, please speak with a trained professional to explore options.
6 Best Quarantine Coping Strategies
We are all different and therefore will have varied success with these strategies. Try one, try them all, until you find something that fits your personality and lifestyle.
1. Meditate Daily
It seems like meditation comes up in virtually all posts on how to handle stress, anxiety, and relaxation. That’s for a reason, it is the most effective natural way to regulate your emotional and psychological health. Set aside time before the house gets busy to sit and focus on nothing but your breathing for a 5 to 10 minutes. It helps to use a timer when meditating, as you know the alarm will go off, so you’re not checking how much longer you have every 30 seconds. Just ease into the practice and allow yourself to be in the moment.
Meditation is powerful as it grounds you in the present. Most of our regrets are in the past and our worries are in the future. Letting what has happened go and not allowing future worry to rule our thoughts is a big step in living more!
2. Stay Physically Active
One of the most effective methods of reducing mental illnesses is exercise. Exercise helps keep blood pressure down and it releases neurochemicals we need to support our mental health. While it isn’t easy to stay physically active while in quarantine, it is possible. Read more about free quarantine workouts here.
Some of us don’t love high intensity exercise routines. If that’s you, consider ways to stay active without the high heart rate with activities such as yoga. Yoga helps people stay physically active in a way that includes some of the benefits of meditation. It helps people stay focused, centered, in the moment, and calmer.
3. Take To Keeping A Journal
Keeping a journal doesn’t have to be just about your day to day or the foundation for your autobiography. It can be a place to explore what’s happening to you and around you. You may choose to just write about what happened in your life every day, or you can use it however you like. Having a foaming at the mouth scream-fest on aisle 19, is less socially acceptable than getting your frustrations out on paper.
4. Grow Live Plants
There have been many studies shown that growing plants gives people numerous benefits. Not only can growing a plant improve the ambiance of nearly any room, but it also gives us something to focus on.
Quarantine has thrown many of our daily routines into chaos. Growing live plants does not require much upkeep, but it does require forming a new habit. Habits that are life affirming and positive improve our self discipline and overall mental health. The internet is full of sites that will ship live plants, such as easy to care for succulents, straight to your door.
5. Rest With A Weighted Blanket
It may seem counterintuitive, but adding a little weight to your blanket helps take some pressure off. Research has proven that weighted blankets have positive benefits for helping treat anxiety, and a myriad of other issues (such as ADHD and even autism). Weighted blankets help accomplish this by mimicking deep pressure stimulation therapy. The additional weight of the blanket helps ease autonomic arousal, which is what causes symptoms of anxiety, commonly increased heart rate. Weighted blankets can be purchased for as little as $20 or so dollars and goes up to hundreds of dollars for premium organic cotton weighted blankets.
6. Take Longer Showers or Baths
Taking time to allow yourself to enjoy a hot bath or shower helps calm the nerves, at virtually any time of day or night. Not only does it relax your body, but also the mind. Many people like to throw some epsom salt into the bath for additional relaxation. Adding in a nice cup of tea, wine, and some music and candles to your bath may sound like tree-huggery, but it is something all of us can enjoy. Don’t forget to take a bottle of water in with you for longer baths to stay hydrated.
Treat Yourself Well
During a time where stress is at an all time high, it is important to take steps to help yourself. Whether it’s you or someone you know and want to help, following these tips help cope with everything 2020 has throw at us. Make time for self care and treat yourself well!