We’ve probably reached the point of distress that we can’t manage stress during quarantine…
But fear not! You are not alone in this.
New research has shown that the most common symptoms associated with isolation and lockdown include depression, stress, insomnia, irritability, emotional exhaustion, and anger, to name a few.
It doesn’t help either that there’s no certainty how long we need to practice social distancing while fearing infection, deprivation, and frustration.
So let’s go easy on ourselves and take things slowly, as we manage stress during the quarantine.
Here’s what you can do:
1. STAYING HEALTHY
This is probably a no-brainer but people tend to underestimate the positive effects of staying physically fit.
When you take care of your body, you are also sending signals to your brain that make you feel good, especially today when we’re experiencing a pandemic.
So remember to eat right and work out regularly, as well as get enough water and sleep.
It also helps to surround yourself with things that can relax you such as cleaning and tidying your space the way you want it to.
2. PLAN YOUR DAY
We’ve gotten so used to life before quarantine when there’s always something to do and places to go, so being stuck at home has placed us in an uncomfortable situation.
Some people feel aimless or stressed out from the lack of objectives, which results in overworking to the point of exhaustion just so “there’ll be something to do.”
While traveling and leisure outside are out of the picture, you can still add things to your daily routine that can get you motivated.
Did you know?
There are studies that conclude magic stimulates happiness, creativity, and productivity. So whether it’s learning a new magic trick or watching a virtual interactive magic show like Moments of Magic, you can manage lockdown stress in awe.
So, start something new and get yourself “unstuck” from the quarantine blues whether it’s magic, music, or that passion project you’ve been delaying.
3. TALK TO SOMEONE
It can get very lonely, especially for those who are alone in quarantine.
But this is where we can put technology into good use and connect with the people in our lives.
The internet has made it more accessible for people to communicate and engage with one another.
You should catch up with your friends and loved ones, ask them how they’re doing…
At the same time, you can also let them know how you feel and blow off steam by talking about it.
We also think that it’s important to look after yourself and talk to a professional, in case you’ve been feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with the current situation of the world.
4. MAKE USE OF THE INTERNET
You can hop into the bandwagon of living a virtual life where you can meet new people, explore places virtually, and learn new things.
eCommerce has blown out of proportions and you can pretty much purchase everything you need to relieve your stress and make quarantine more bearable for you.
You can try ordering food online and have it delivered to your place, or subscribe to a movie streaming platform to watch the latest shows.
Like we shared on our previous blog, wanderlust can also often result in stress, so feeding your desire to travel and have fun can be put at ease with technology.
5. SWITCH OFF & RECONNECT WITH YOURSELF
On the other end of the spectrum, you can consider going on a detox away from social media and technology.
If you have a piece of outdoors at home, why don’t you step out into nature and give yourself a fresh breath of air?
Start a journal or channel your stress into any form of art…
You can try out gardening, or even just meditating during sunset to clear your mind from whatever is stressing you out.
Take this time to stay away from all the negative news and the bottomless pit of social media consumption.
With these 5 tips we shared, you can find your stress becoming more manageable and less overwhelming.
Here’s a summary:
- Staying Healthy
- Plan Your Day
- Talk To Someone
- Make Use Of The Internet
- Switch Off & Reconnect With Yourself
From Encore Guam, we wish you peace and good health during the quarantine.