Positive actions to help you stay calm.
Has life been feeling a little anxious lately?
Your normal routine has come to a sudden halt, there’s negativity all over the news, and everything from school to work is hanging in the balance.
It’s natural to feel a little anxious and uneasy right now, especially with so many unknowns looming ahead. However, there are ways to help relieve the tension, soothe your weary mind, and reset your spirit.
Today, we’re sharing 10 things to do today to make this week the brightest one yet.
1. Find connection.
We’re all learning how to self-isolate and respect the boundaries of social distancing. But that doesn’t mean you should cut yourself off entirely from your loved ones. Thankfully, this is happening at a time when technology makes it easier than ever to connect from afar.
FaceTime your friends and family members. Host a Zoom conference and invite your colleagues to join in a virtual water cooler chat. Hop on Skype and call your extended relatives to check on them. Keeping in touch can help fulfill your need for social connection and ease your nerves.
2. Practice yoga.
Yoga has long been heralded for its ability to relax and renew your mind, body, and spirit. If you’re feeling extra anxious one day, grab a mat or a towel and search for a yoga app or YouTube video.
As you flow into Mountain Pose, try to tune out the rest of the world, leaving the laundry, emails, and evening news until later. If you have little kids who want to participate, Cosmic Kids Yoga is a great resource that the entire family can enjoy!
Things are upended right now, and you’re allowed to feel an entire spectrum of emotions. Yet, you shouldn’t have to keep them all inside.
If you’re grappling with feelings and need a safe space to release them, pick up a pen and start a journal. Writing your thoughts down on paper can be incredibly therapeutic. When this season is a mere roadblock in our rearview mirror, you’ll be able to look back and see what you felt back then, as well as how far you’ve come.
4. Find the facts.
We aren’t suggesting that you immerse yourself in the minute-by-minute numerical data concerning the current pandemic. Doing so can make an already-tense time even more difficult. However, it’s important that you’re able to separate fact from fear-mongering.
A major part of anxiety is a fear of the unknown or feeling as though you’ve lost control. To build your personal fortitude and prevent dread from crowding your mind, do enough research on the topic to be knowledgable. This way, any time that rumors or your imagination run wild, you’ll be ready to counter them with the truth.
5. Remember past victories.
These past few weeks have been unlike anything any of us have ever experienced. Still, that doesn’t mean they’re the first hard times you’ve faced.
When you start to feel overwhelmed, think back to a time when you triumphed over despair and came out stronger on the other side. Maybe you climbed the corporate ladder again after a devastating job loss, or you found peace and healing after a loved one’s death. Allow yourself to revel in conquering that journey, and remember that this one, too, is all part of your story.
6. Reserve quiet time.
The kids have virtual homework, you’re working from home (along with your spouse), and your dog still needs to be let out every hour. It might be more than a little chaotic in your household, and personal space is at a premium.
Yet, at impossible as it sounds, try to steal at least 10 minutes of alone time for yourself.
This might be in the shower, early in the morning before anyone else rises, or at night when the kids are in bed. You may even be able to snag some time while they’re occupied with a craft or school assignment!
Either way, find a comfortable spot, close your eyes, and soak in the silence. You can use this time to pray for strength and comfort, practice mindful meditation, or simply count your breath. If you’d like a guide to help you relax, download the Calm app.
7. Savor the everyday.
How many times have you rushed out the door on your way to work and totally missed the sunrise? Are you used to slurping down your coffee on your rush hour commute? This is your time to slow down and savor, so take it.
Every day, try to laser-focus in on the small, simple joys that you might have been too busy to notice before. From the smooth taste of your espresso to the way a warm bath feels at night, turn your senses on overdrive. As you do, you give your brain time to release serotonin, the feel-good hormone we all need right now.
8. Read feel-good stories.
Even amid the crisis, humanity is emerging at its very best.
All over the internet, you can read inspiring and heart-warming stories about neighbors helping neighbors, individuals giving extravagantly, and people going above and beyond to make sure their communities are taken care of. When you’re feeling down, instead of turning on the television, hop online and celebrate this good news, instead.
Not sure where to start? This list of uplifting stories is an instant mood-booster.
9. Take a warm bath.
A warm bath won’t solve all of the world’s problems, but it’s a pretty good place to start.
Make an indulgent experience of it by turning the lights down, lighting some candles, and putting on some soft music. You can even diffuse some relaxing essential oils, such as lavender or eucalyptus, for a dip that’s even more sensory-rich.
Close your eyes, sink to your chin in bubbles, and soak the stress away.
10. Go easy on yourself.
It’s completely normal to feel a rollercoaster of emotions right now. Some days, you might have anxiety totally at bay and feel on top of the world. Other days, it might be a little more difficult to kick the blues.
Remind yourself that it’s OK to feel this way. Even if this wasn’t happening, it’s impossible to stay positive every second of the day. When you get a little melancholy, acknowledge that emotion. Then, engage in activities that bring you personal comfort and remember that we’re all going through this together.
Feeling a little anxious? Comfort is close.
We’re all still trying to find our new rhythm and routine as we adjust to the current state of things. Still, this doesn’t mean the weight of the world has to fall on your shoulders.
Feeling a little anxious, confused, or just plain overwhelmed? It’s understandable. We’re all more isolated than ever before, but our responsibilities at home have increased tenfold, leaving us little time to lean into our emotions and process them the right way.
These 10 activities can help you separate your thoughts from the crisis and bring them back to a place of peace. Prioritize them and notice the positive difference that even a few minutes can make to your entire day.
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