5 Effective Tips to Cope with Mental Stress Easily
With WHOs declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, countries around the world and their governments have implemented lockdown and urged people to follow social distancing or self-isolate themselves in case of any symptom. This sudden outbreak has affected millions of people across the world and caused an unmanageable fluctuation in their regular lifestyle. More and more people are restricted to their homes in order to follow the government’s lockdown policy to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
It is totally understandable if you’re unable to think progressively and feel low all day during lockdown. This life changing pandemic has changed our life in another manner and affected mental health so badly. And there is no wonder if you are unable to maintain a balance between emotional and mental health during COVID-19 lockdown. Studies found that “Anxiety disorder, fear, depression, post traumatic stress disorder” and other mental health issues were recorded in China (where the coronavirus originated) during the outbreak. The same has been reported in the US and Spain as well.
“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and harder to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden. It is easier to say my head is aching than my heart is broken.” This is where mental health becomes an issue when you don’t talk about it openly. And at this point of time amid the coronavirus outbreak when we are bound to stay at home in self-isolation “We need so much more openness and transparency to understand that it is okay to talk about stress & mental health as an illness. It is not a mental shortcoming. It is not something people brought on themselves.”
If you think you’ve been blocked, then these are 5 simple tips to help you keep calm and manage stress and anxiety during coronavirus lockdown.
1. Stay Connected for Healthy Relations
The first thing that anxiety disorder may affect is your relations, hence it’s your responsibility to stay connected because relationships are the only key to our well being. According to research, jolly natured people who engage in supportive social activities frequently are more likely to be positive in life and able to handle the challenges swiftly because their body produces more oxytocin which boosts the immune system. People with a healthy immune system are less likely to undergo physical and mental pain such as stress, anxiety, and depression. Be social and stay connected with your friends and beloved. There are a few latest technologies and applications that can help you maintain a connection with your beloveds. With Netflix party extension and Houseparty app, you can watch movies and play games with your dear ones amid coronavirus outbreak.
2. Add Yoga and Meditation on Your Checklist
Starting your day with a few minutes of yoga and meditation can do wonders to your lifestyle during coronavirus lockdown. It helps you stay calm and healthy with a better morning start. Whether you are frustrated, depressed or unable to concentrate on your office work, yoga can ease all your problems magically. You just need to close your eyes for a few minutes and you will start thinking positively. That is a great sign of happiness. Meditation can make a big difference and besides bringing positivity in life there are many other benefits of yoga that can help you stay calm and peaceful during lockdown.
3. Get Things More Mindfully
Due to prolonged stay at home without much to do, it may be possible that the sudden change may affect your thinking capability and hinder mindful thoughts from hitting your mind. And if you’re unable to approach things more mindfully then you need to:
- Close your eyes and count five with a slow, deep breath, feel the movement of your body with each intake and the change in the temperature when you inhale and exhale.
- Put all your five senses (Sight, Smell, Listening ability, Taste and Touch) while sitting on the dining table.
- Make things simple and not to be indulged in aggressive conversations with anyone.
- Give a body massage through running your fingers upside down thrice in a day.
- Stop worrying about the things you have missed or spoiled.
As more and more people are working remotely, it is common to have these issues. Approaching things more positively will help you cope with anxiety disorder.
4. Avoid Worrying About Endless Coronavirus News
You are more likely to believe or think about the things you have watched online or on TV, but not everything broadcasting would be true. Stop googling everything that you read or see because these things will create the hustle-bustle in your peaceful life and you will end up losing the game. Limit your screen time to avoid tech gadgets. It would work as we all are locked in the home for an uncertain period.
5. Be Kind to Yourself and Prioritize Your Sleep
Here’s the favorite and easiest task that can be performed to ease mental health issues. Above all stop feeling guilty and pity for the things you have done unintentionally and blaming yourself for someone’s burnout. Writing down your daily activities can help you recover from this situation rapidly or you can extend your sleep time to prepare yourself mentally for the challenges.
As we all are quarantined for an unspecified time-period, it’s better to learn these things before it goes out. The coronavirus outbreak has changed the whole world, but social distancing and quarantine is the only way to curb these effects of the pandemic and we will have to stay mentally fit to fight the challenges.