With the constant pressure to be hyper-productive, and now with the added anxieties caused by the current worldwide quarantine, it is no secret that stress is especially difficult to manage at the moment. Whatever you are struggling with during these difficult times, we hope that these tips will provide some relief for you. So, without further ado, here are five ways you can reduce stress in daily quarantined life.
1. Daily dose of fresh air and sunlight
Although we can’t go out and about on our regular routines, we can still certainly take advantage of good weather whenever it occurs. Opening your window first thing in the morning for a whiff of fresh air can do wonders for your mood—and opening the curtains and letting the sunlight in can be even better! If you have the means to (aka, a backyard or outdoor area to work in), taking up gardening can be a good activity that combines social distancing and spending time outdoors!
Of course, like many people, you may have already had your fair share of quarantine binge-watching. Escapism is one of the most common ways to de-stress. Still, that does not mean it is not a good opportunity to watch that show/movie you’ve always wanted to watch—and, when your eyes are sufficiently fried from your TV/laptop screen, you can crack open that book that’s been on your TBR!
3. Keep your body moving
Gyms are closed, but that is no excuse to neglect your workout routine! Now is a great time to explore easy, at-home exercises, such as yoga and even, if you have the floor space, dance. We recommend checking out Ophie Ho’s fitness blog for more fitness tips!
If you are sitting down working for most of the day, whether for school, work, or binging purposes, please be mindful of your body and get up every so often to stretch or take a walk—you’ll feel so much better throughout the day for it!
4. Virtual socializing
Now is the time to take advantage of the technological capabilities we have to check-in and hang out with friends and family. Facetime your loved ones, make sure they are OK—and, when you need to unwind, there are plenty of ways to have fun online with friends, such as playing virtual games together. Even when you can’t share the same physical space, just talking can be therapeutic.
5. Reach out
Mental health is always of the utmost importance, but in times like this, it is crucial that you are checking in with not only your loved ones but also yourself. If you need to, please do not hesitate to reach out for help. The crisis text line is available 24/7 and willing to give you support.