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Beat COVID-19 Quarantine Stress and Anxiety With These Tips!
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in countries world-wide being ordered into national lockdowns. What this means is that schools have been closed, most businesses have been closed, and public spaces (including places of worship) have also been closed. Except for essential workers (such as doctors, police, etc.), people have been instructed not to leave their homes unless for basic essentials or medical emergencies.
Although necessary, being ordered into a 24/7 quarantine can be boring, scary, stressful and tiring. Everyone is experiencing quarantine from a different perspective. Some people are working from home, others can't work at all, some are at home with kids, while others are isolated all by themselves. But one thing everyone at home has in common is that we all need some stress-busting tips to keep us going during this trying time!
Meditation has been used as a powerful life-enhancing tool since forever! The practice of meditation brings so many benefits and can improve quality of life. Just 10 - 15 minutes of meditation per day helps reduce stress or anxiety, helps one have a positive outlook on life, improves mood, relieves phobias, and helps people achieve a general sense of well-being.
When starting meditation, most people find it difficult to be still and quieten the noise in their minds. Listening to a guided meditation or installing a meditation app on your phone is really useful for beginners. What also helps is to create a calming space with the use of Indian incense, candles, pure essential oils and meditation music. Make sure nobody disturbs you! The more you practice meditation, the easier it becomes and the more improvements you will see in your mood, mental health and mindset!
Work on your relationships with those who are in quarantine with you
The strain that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is putting on our lives is immense and, by default, people tend to take their frustrations out on those closest to them. For people who are in quarantine with other people, whether it's a partner, a friend, a family member or kids, strain on the relationship will naturally occur. It makes sense - we're stuck inside our homes and forced to spend more time with these people than usual.
People may become irritated by the people they're sharing a home with. Others may become clingy as we're relying on those people for social support. Other pressures such as joint housework or sharing parental responsibilities will change the dynamic of our usual expectations, and fights may occur. Needless to say, everything has changed. However, there are a few things you can do to make things easier!
Take time for yourself. Alone time is important, and will help those who easily feel overwhelmed by constantly being surrounded by people. Take a bath with luxurious, locally-made, plant-based pampering goodies and lock the door. Do your exercise routine alone. Take an hour or two per day to get around to those things you've been putting off!
Remember, just as you need to take your alone time seriously, you also need to spend time nurturing your relationships. Eat meals together, have date nights, have game nights and work at keeping the household environment positive and happy. Remember to ask the people you're surrounded with how they are coping - they're also going through a lot!
Take care of your mental health
Some people handle quarantine better than others. Certain personality types may find quarantine peaceful, much-needed and beneficial to their mental health. Other personality types don't cope as well and may experience a host of psychological effects such as depression, anger, anxiety, insomnia and even PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)!
Now is a crucial time to take preventative measures, especially if you have a pre-existing mental health condition, to avoid letting your mental health deteriorate. Make sure you're eating a balanced diet with enough fresh fruit and vegetables, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, sit in the sunshine (if possible) and try stick to some sort of routine. If you are using any medication or remedies for your mental health, it's import to continue using them, even during quarantine.
Tip: If you struggle with depression, irritability, anger, chronic sadness and other mental health conditions, MindSoothe is a herbal antidepressant and mood stabiliser. MindSoothe Jr. is the equivalent for children aged 12 years and under.
P.S. For our South African customers who regularly use MindSoothe or MindSoothe Jr., or who are wanting to start using our remedies, we are still doing door-to-door deliveries!
Being under quarantine may trigger feelings of sadness, loneliness and isolation for many people. This is why it is important to get creative with your approach towards socialization. You may not be able to meet up with your friends and family in person, but there are ways to socialise during quarantine without even leaving your house!
Going back to the point of nurturing your relationships with those you're under quarantine with, bring out the board games and eat meals together. But socialising outside of your immediate surroundings is important, too! Schedule video calls with your other friends and family, send your social groups inspiring and positive memes on Facebook, WhatsApp and other platforms, and regularly check on your loved ones to see how they are doing. Apps such as Zoom and Houseparty are helping millions of people worldwide stay connected with loved ones all over the world!
Maintain a healthy diet
People find themselves snacking more than usual when bound to their house. Boredom is known to cause people to overeat, especially snacks and foods that are not particularly beneficial for our health. Did you know that diet affects stress levels and anxiety?
While it's super easy to reach for the processed (and tasty) snacks, make an effort to include enough fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. Eating a well-balanced diet can help alleviate stress levels and prevent feelings of sluggishness and lethargy. Making sure your body receives sufficient nutrition will boost your energy levels, feelings of motivation, and reduce the need to constantly snack on unhealthy food items.
An easy way to make sure you're receiving all the nutrients your body needs is by taking a daily multivitamin supplement. You can also add superfoods into your family's meals. The best part is that meals or smoothies containing superfoods can taste like a delicious treat!
Restrict time spent on social media
Globally, there's a favourite word making its rounds - 'coronavirus'. The word 'coronavirus' is being spewed across news channels, it's being slapped onto newspaper headlines and is highlighted in every corner of social media platforms. These headlines and articles are often linked to daunting statistics, gloomy predictions, and panicked narratives. A huge amount of people experience a spike in their stress levels every time they come across this type of content, and can't even pick up their phone without coming across something related to the coronavirus pandemic.
We urge everybody to restrict social media coverage as well as TV time to prevent it from becoming too overwhelming. While it's good to keep up to date with the latest news, having it constantly thrown in your face is enough to send many into panic attacks. Limit your screen time to an hour or two per day. Ask people to stop sending you daunting information about the pandemic, and instead share lighthearted and positive content.
Tip: In the moments where you may feel overwhelmed, panicked or anxious, it may be useful to use plant-based remedies such as PureCalm or Rescue Synergy to soothe your nerves and help you calm down into a state of peace.
Find things to keep you busy
This is the moment we have been waiting for! It's no secret that human beings are overworked and find little time to do things they love doing. Year after year, we find ourselves wishing for a break to do painting, reading, relaxing, gardening, crafting, DIY renovations or whatever else you've been wanting to do. Although this break was unsolicited and perhaps not brought about in the most positive way, you can turn it into a positive opportunity!
What has helped you and your family cope with COVID-19 quarantine? Let us know in the comments below!
If you have any question, please contact us or leave a comment below for FREE health advice. We always love hearing from you!