Thankfully, there are steps that we can all take to reduce the stress we are feeling during this pandemic. Here are some great ways to increase your peace of mind and adjust to this difficult situation.
You Don’t Need to Be Constantly Tuned In
For your mental health, establish some parameters on when you allow yourself to tune in. You can make a rule to stop going online after 8pm for example and make that time to read a good book or journal instead. As important it is to learn about the current situation, it is also essential to give our brains a break.
Establish a Calming Work Routine
If you’re working from home, set up a workspace that gives you some space from other people. If you’re short on space, use your headphones to indicate to others when you’re in “Do not disturb” mode. Listening to calming music like classical tunes or nature sounds can do wonders in reducing stress and anxiety. You can find great calming music playlists online on various websites and music platforms.
If you’ve lost your job, set up a schedule to apply for new jobs and connect with others around potential new opportunities. Don’t be afraid to look outside of your comfort zone and prepare yourself for a potentially long job hunt.
In either situation, make sure to take breaks every hour to unwind. You can still take a walk around the neighborhood, do some stretches, or even take a nap! Have an outdoor area? Take your laptop outside and work in the sunshine to boost your outdoor time.
Taking Care of Children When School is Cancelled
To keep kids occupied, establish a new schedule that works for the entire family. Think of activities you can do together such as cooking, reading, or exercising. YouTube is a great resource that can keep your kids occupied with lessons and tutorials on various topics such as drawing or painting.
Tackle Your Cleaning and Home Improvement Projects
To avoid being overwhelmed, start with something small and build on your projects. You can look up cleaning tips online for every room in your house and find ways to improve your back or front yard space. If you have kids, set up a daily chores routine that the whole family can do together.
Filling the Void Left by Sports
Time to Play Some Games
These are trying times for all of us. To get through it, let’s stay connected with our friends and family and make sure we’re all doing ok. Staying home may seem like a tough thing to get through, but if you shift your perspective, it can actually be a productive time.
Stay safe and healthy everyone. We look forward to getting through this stronger than ever.