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!
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.
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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