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Little Things That Can Help Manage Your Anxiety, Aside From Streaming Videos

Our daily routines may have slowed down compared to when things were still "normal" but we might find ourselves feeling worried at home for no specific reason.
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Majority of us are staying safe and sound at home, but that doesn’t mean we’re exempted from experiencing stress and anxiety. Our daily routines may have slowed down compared to when things were still “normal” but we might find ourselves feeling worried or uneasy at home for no specific reason.

The good thing is that there are certain activities you’ve probably been doing at home that might just help you ease your feelings of anxiety. Read on below to see if any of these activities are part of your quarantine routine.

Video call with a friend.

Several studies support the claim that socializing is an important factor in maintaining our well-being—and that counts for introverts, too. And while face-to-face interactions seem to be the most beneficial way of socializing, meeting up with our friends is currently a big no-no.

In a crisis that requires us to physically distance ourselves from people, we’re thankful that other methods exist for us to interact virtually with the people that matter to us. Instead of physically seeing each other’s faces, video calls with your best friend will have to do for now. You can even video call with each other while doing other things like chores or homework—it’s like you’re hanging out together at your favorite café. Just like old times!

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Write down your thoughts or ideas.

If you can’t talk to someone at the moment, take some time off from your day to sit down and write about what’s been on your mind. Instead of keeping all your thoughts floating inside your head, transfer them into a tiny notebook or even a Word file. By writing down your feels, you’ll be able to better identify which thoughts bother you the most and consequently help you get to the root of it.

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Practice diaphragmatic breathing.

We know that taking a breather is important to help us relax. Since quarantine started, we’ve probably been making it a habit at the end of the day to take deep breaths. The thing is, you might not be doing it correctly, so you aren’t seeing the full benefits of breath work.

Diaphragmatic breathing is often used in yoga for its calming and relaxing effect. As implied by its name, this type of breathing uses the diaphragm and not the chest. There are also a number of studies that show the positive effect of diaphragmatic breathing on reducing stress and negative emotions.

To do it, find a comfortable spot to sit at or lie down on a flat surface. Put one hand on your chest and the other on the upper part of your abdomen, just below the ribcage. Breathe in gradually through the nose, making sure that the abdomen is expanding and not the chest. Slowly breathe out, making sure the the abdomen is contracting. Repeat the process for five to 10 minutes.

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"Today, I Won"

I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.

When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.

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After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.

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Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.

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5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.

6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.

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