With COVID-19 and government stay-at-home orders, we are all experiencing a different rhythm of life. For many of us, our regular social activities have stopped and if we do interact, we are advised to stay two meters (six feet) away from others. This is something we are not used to and it is important that we find ways to manage our well-being as we temporarily adapt to this change in our lives.
We have put together a list of useful tips to help manage any stress or anxiety you may be feeling. Even if you don’t feel like you are stressed or anxious, the Coronavirus outbreak and quarantine is a stressful time for all of us, worldwide.
Signs of stress include:
- Fear and worry about the future
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Racing thoughts
- Loss of patience
- Inability to concentrate
- Increase in alcohol consumption
Here are some ways that you can help yourself and others reduce stress and take care of their mental health:
- Stay Connected
Staying at home and not interacting the way we are used to can make us feel more isolated and lonelier. Make sure you keep in regular contact with your friends and family. Schedule weekly or daily times to call them. FaceTime and Zoom video chats are also a fantastic way to keep in touch and can make you feel more connected and supported. Share your feelings. Whether you feel like waking up every day is now like Groundhog Day or you feel relieved with this time out, talk about it.
2.- Take breaks from bad news
While it can be tempting to follow all the latest coronavirus news stories, too much sad news can take its toll on us. Limit the amount of news you watch, read or listen to. Try setting yourself a specific time in the day to read updates and don’t check more than a couple of times a day.
3.- Get regular exercise
Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress and increase energy levels. Even though you are stuck inside, there are plenty of ways to work out at home. It is recommended that you get at least 20 to 30 minutes of exercise per day. Some things you can do at home without any equipment are jumping jacks, burpees, squats, wall press ups, and sit ups. Some trainers are even offering free online fitness classes and home workout videos. It can be hard to stay motivated to keep up your fitness routine, but it will help to put you in a better headspace. If working out isn’t really your thing, try dancing with your partner or with your kids. Dancing is also a terrific way to stay in shape.
4.- Mindfulness and relaxation
Make time to just relax and focus on the present moment. Focusing on the present, rather than worrying about the future, can help improve our wellbeing. Mindfulness is simply paying attention to whatever is going on in this present moment, here and now. If you are playing with your kids, enjoy their laughter and smiles. If you are cooking, pay attention to the meal you are preparing, its smells and flavors. The goal of mindfulness is to focus your mind on one thing at a time.
Relaxation techniques can also help you deal with feelings of anxiety. Meditation is a great tool for relaxing when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Try some different meditation or breathing exercises to see which ones seem to help you. This could be focusing on your breath or saying a mantra like “om.” You can find many guided meditations online. Meditating is an incredibly effective way to relax and give your mind a break from its constant thought chatter. If you find your mind starts to wander, that’s okay. Just recognize that and bring it back.
5.- Do things you enjoy
If you are feeling worried and anxious, you might stop doing things you usually enjoy. Focus on your favorite indoor hobby. Devote time to doing things such as drawing, reading, or playing the guitar. Or take the time to learn something new. There are lots of free tutorials and courses online.
Watching a TV series or a movie is another activity that helps your stress levels fall by activating alpha waves in your brain. It’s also a wonderful way to escape into another world away from thoughts of Coronavirus.
Even though things are tough, it is important to allow yourself to stay positive. Reflect on and recognize the things you are grateful for. Keep a gratitude journal and before you go to bed, make a habit of writing down two or three things that you are thankful for. No matter how small, take time to appreciate the good things in your life.
Remember that you are more than members, you are part of our family. Your health and well-being are especially important to us. We hope that these tips will help you to keep your stress levels in check during quarantine.
When the world is ready to travel again, we look forward to seeing you at our Garza Blanca Residence Club resorts. We are waiting for you. See you soon!