Feeling stressed, worried and anxious about what is going in in the world? Join the club. If you are anything like the rest of us, you’re likely not feeling your normal self during this quarantine. More than ever, it’s important to look after our bodies and our mental health, and with that in mind here are our 7 simple hacks to help reduce anxiety during quarantine.
1. Switch the negative upside down
As unsettling as things might seem in the world right now, keeping a positive mindset is imperative towards reducing anxiety. Try your best to reframe the negative into a positive, for example ‘I am stuck indoors’ to ‘I am able to focus on myself and my home.’ This is your time to set your attention towards something that you may not have got round to doing. Starting one productive thing per day can lead to a more positive attitude.
2. Cap your news consumption
We may have more time on our hands than usual, but that doesn’t mean we should allow ourselves to form unhealthy habits. As informative it can be, consuming the news religiously can feel heavy and has the potential to increase worry, stress and anxiety. Reduce your news intake, whether that’s playing music, muting your notifications or allowing the news to be on for a certain amount of time, this will be in your best interest and help decrease levels of anxiety.
3. Try meditating
Meditation has become one of the most popular ways to relieve stress and anxiety. By learning to calm your body and mind, your physical and emotional stress can slowly disappear. What’s great about meditating is that it can be done anywhere for free, take this time to focus on you. There are many apps and Youtube channels available for meditation, we are enjoying Down Dog and Headspace.
4. Keep close to your normal routine
Maintaining a structure similar to pre-quarantine days can help avoid any anxiety of change and negative thinking. Try to wake up and go to bed around the same time as you normally would, as well as eating meals at regular times, washing and exercising. If you are working Monday to Friday, try and separate the weekend as much as you can. Not only will sticking to your normal routine keep you active and less likely to spiral, it will be easier to readjust to the outside world when it’s time to get back to work.
5. Form new quarantine rituals
We all have things that we wanted to make a start on but never had the time right?! Well, given the circumstances, what better time to start than now. With this newfound time, why not do something special during these quarantined days. Get creative and come up with a list of things you want to achieve. They can be as little as reading, journalling, learning a different language, completely an online course, smashing a virtual workout class or even trying a new yoga pose. Having something to look forward to will help boost endorphins and keep you distracted from negative thinking.
6. Connect with loved ones
Even though you aren’t physically together, the power of words can make an encouraging difference. Schedule daily face times or calls with your friends and family, keep connected and try to be open with your feelings. Talking to a professional is another option if your anxiety becomes unmanageable, Anxiety UK and Mind have helplines and support groups that offer expert advice.
7. Create a relaxing space
Clean space, clean mind. Let your home reflect your motives for the day; presentable, clean and organized. Not only can cleaning be (some might say) therapeutic, but also helps to clear your mind and negative thinking. Perhaps tackle a room a day or give your wardrobe a spring clean, whatever it takes to create a stress-free zone. Listen to your favourite playlist or pop on a podcast as you clean to uplift your mood.
How are you getting through this period? Let us know your top tips to reduce anxiety during lockdown.