There is no doubt that times are changing. Managing stress, fear and anxiety are of utmost importance as it can affect our overall health. Being in quarantine since March has been pretty challenging for me. I’ve been constantly having spiral attacks brought by this pandemic. The isolation itself has been overwhelming to the point that it affected my physical health. I felt like I was always tired and that my body was too weak to do anything. I couldn’t even bring myself to read a book, learn something new, watch a tutorial, or take an online course just so I can be productive like everyone else.
One day, I got tired of being tired. I was able to motivate myself to create new routines that would help me manage my physical and mental health. Here are 5 things to do to manage anxiety while staying home in isolation:
1. Disconnect to connect.
Take a break from the noise, whether it’s the news or social media. Consuming excessive media that triggers stress, fear, and anxiety is not worth it. Selective reading can help you stay informed about current events without making you too anxious. Use this downtime to connect with yourself and to learn something new or rediscover an old passion of yours.
2. Start your day with your morning drink.
Drink something healthy that can help you set your mood for the day. I’ve been drinking 1-2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar daily for 3 months. I found that it was great for resetting my body in the morning. It helps improve heart health and digestion. Golden Milk (Turmeric Milk) is also a good morning drink. It’s loaded with antioxidants and helps improve brain and memory function.
3. Clean and organize your space
The world as we know it is pretty chaotic. Focus on things that you can control. Tidying up your space can give your mood an instant boost. This can also help you be more productive throughout the day. A clean and fresh space helps your mind be calmer and at ease.
4. Cook at home
I unexpectedly found solitude in the kitchen. Cooking is more than just about feeding yourself. It helps nourish the mind too as it can be a way to channel creativity through experimenting with different recipes. Cooking has become an outlet to channel my worries away. Cooking and eating healthy can help boost your immune system while on quarantine.
5. Stay Active
Exercise is a great way to manage stress and anxiety. Physical fitness plays a huge part in having not only a healthy body but also a healthy mind and strong emotional wellbeing. There are loads of workout videos and applications available online that can help you stay active. It can be challenging to fight through the laziness amidst the new normal. Push through it by finding things that motivate you. As for me, watching videos of people’s amazing transformations helped me break sweat.
I’ve also been sharing my progress through social media platforms. I was hesitant to do it at first but people pushed me to share my journey to become healthier as this inspired them to start theirs.
Don’t stay idle for too long, this can easily trigger a panic spiral. Create new routines that can help you be more empowered to carry on with life during these trying times head-on. There will be good days and bad days. Don’t be too hard on yourself on the bad days because there are always better days ahead. ✳︎