Before the coronavirus crisis happened, you would look forward to weekends when you could spend time with the family at home and savor every minute of bonding time you have with them.
With everyone told to stay at home, you’re now obliged to work from home and look after your kids that are getting restless from not going out. This can have a psychological effect on every member of the family and could lead to bigger problems if you fail to cope with the mental stress this situation is giving you.
To maintain a healthy mentality, here are a few tips to manage stress and anxiety while in isolation.
Workout a routine
Set a schedule of activities and when to do them. Plan and coordinate with your kids. You can work while they study in the morning. Make them clean the house or their rooms while you cook or do the laundry. It’s important that your schedules are in sync.
Exercise is good for the body and mind. It’s also a good way to pass the time. There are a lot of free Workout Apps available that provide gym-like experience. You can also watch workout videos, these are usually easy to follow and you’ll be sweating in no time.
If you still find yourself spacing out with nothing to do then grab a book or try a new recipe. You’ll never run out of things to do if you set your mind to it. Getting busy is the key to avoid having an idle mind.
Breathe some fresh air
Yes, fresh air. Staying in the house for long periods of time can be suffocating. Take a walk to clear your mind. Breathe in nature to keep you calm. If this is not possible then sitting at the porch or backyard will do. If you live in the city, then just sit by an open window and read or listen to music. You can also go outside and take a short walk, just remember to keep 6 feet away from others.
Being the social creatures that we are, we need hugs, handshakes, fist bumps, huddles, parties, night outs, and road trips. Social distancing has changed how people interact with each other. The closest we can get to each other now is six feet apart. Don’t let this bring you down and make you feel lonely or depressed. Keep in touch with your family and friends through social media, phone, or video chat. Wave hello to your neighbor and say hi to the fellow passing by. If you badly need some interaction, chances are they badly need it too.
Go easy on yourself
If you’re feeling too much pressure from doing this and that and you just don’t want to do anything at all, then don’t. Give yourself a break. Do something that makes you happy. Relax and recharge.
As the saying goes “It’s OK to not be OK” and the first step to being OK is admitting that you’re not OK. Look for assistance on mental health and ask for help on how to cope with the stress and anxiety you’re going through.
How have you been coping? Share with us your experience in the comments below.