The corona virus crisis has created a stressful environment. The virus has laid off millions of people around the world. The rest of the world is living in fear of being affected.
Most of the affected countries have announced lockdown urging people to maintain social distance and quarantine themselves.
Coronavirus pandemic has changed everyone’s work routine. It is causing a feeling of being out of your control. Schools are closed, people are losing their jobs, and we are confined to our homes.
Self-quarantine is stressful for people who suffer from depression, anxiety, and other illness. If you are experiencing changes in eating or sleeping patterns, you are under stress. It is essential to take care of yourself to cope up with stress. Below are a few tips to keep yourself stress-free during the COVID-19 quarantine.
How to Keep Yourself Calm During COVID-19 Quarantine
Take a break from the news and social media – You are updated with all information you need to know to prevent yourself from coronavirus exposure. Take a break from media that is focusing on news related to coronavirus spread and deaths. It is stressful and upsetting to hear about it every day. It is essential to stay informed, but you should not be obsessed with the news related to coronavirus, or it will seriously hamper your mental health. Also, keep in mind that overly negative or inaccurate information may cause a sense of panic and anxiety. Focus on information from trusted sources such as WHO, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and state health departments.
It is time to unwind – We often complain that our work schedule is so tight that we are unable to make time to unwind. Now you have plenty of time not only to relax but also to invest in organizing your closet, shoe rack, and decorating your house. In addition, you can watch the TV series or read a new book you always wanted to. Give time to your family and your hobbies such as painting, writing, and music. Bring out the artist inside you and create something new.
Pay attention to your body – Taking care of the body has always been important. It is our priority, but we do not pay attention to our health due to our hectic work schedule. Utilize the quarantine period and take a step towards healthy living.
Gyms and yoga centres are locked down. In addition, you cannot go outside for morning or evening walk. To keep yourself active and stay in shape during quarantine, the best you can do is practice yoga and exercise at home. A few exercises you can practice indoor are jumping jacks, squats, push-ups, plank, and lunges. You may join free online classes launched by gyms. Also, there are lots of free yoga classes online to guide you.
Make sure to eat a balanced meal at least three times a day and get proper 7-8 hours of sound sleep.
To keep yourself calm, practice Yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises.
Establish a routine – No doubt, quarantine has disrupted your daily routine. You may now feel directionless and confused about how to fill all the hours of the day. Even if you are working from home, it is different from the regular workdays, as it can be challenging to work at home along with other family members, including children. This is why it is imperative to establish a routine. Break up and plan your waking hours along with the other family members so that you can develop a balance between office works as well as make time for family members and other household activities.
Connect with your friends and relatives – You cannot meet your friends and relatives does not mean that you cannot contact them. We are living in an era where social interaction and communicating online is effortless. Make use of the blessings of technology. Call or message your friends and relatives and make sure that they are in good health. You may also join support groups online specifically for people in quarantine to minimize the sense of isolation.
The corona virus epidemic is a global issue. We all are in its fight, and we will win together. Follow social distancing measures to flatten the curve, along with practicing proper hygiene to ensure your safety. You and others are safe if you follow the quarantine rules recommended by the government.
Stay healthy, stay positive.