Many of us are experiencing the challenges of self-quarantine with fear of the coronavirus, trying to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Feelings of anxiety, frustration, isolation and a lack of control can be all consuming. This lack of control over what’s going on around us. The new normal is anything but that. It’s important to focus on the things you can control and rely on your support system now more than ever. Below are some coping strategies to consider.
Continue with Traditions and Create New Ones
Celebrating the things you enjoy and certain traditions is critical in maintaining a positive outlook. If you always went out for dinners on Saturdays and are unable to do that now, then do something fun like make your own pizza at home or Taco Saturdays. You may not be able to celebrate the upcoming holidays with everyone you typically share them with but you can make sure you are in touch. Connect with them on Skype, you can each share what you are doing and take the time to reconnect. There’s a lot of technology we can use to help stay connected which is essential.
Some of you have the opportunity to work from home. It may be a challenge to adapt, especially with so many distractions at home. Establishing a routine and finding a space where you can be productive is critical. Consider following the same routine you had when you commuted to work. Waking up at the same time, getting ready for work, dressing up for work and then going to your designated space to begin your day. It will create a sense of necessary structure you may not have at this point. It has a significant impact on productivity and is considered of the healthy coping strategies.
Take On New Projects
Now is the time to work on those home projects that you never had the time to focus on. Whether it’s organizing your closets, reading one of the classics, or doing some at home pampering. It’s interesting, there’s so much on our list if we only had the time. Now that we do, we can’t figure out what to do with it. One of my client’s mentioned an interest in learning a new language. Perhaps your significant other is interested as well and it’s something you can do together. How about binge watching the tops shows you never had time for.
What are some Healthy Coping Strategies for Stress?
There are a number of things you can do to manage your stress before you start to feel overwhelmed. Practicing relaxation techniques is highly effective in sending signals to your brain that calm and relax the body. There are some free and low costs meditation apps you can download and listen to, devoting that time completely to your health and wellness. If you would like to exercise from home, you can download apps for that as well or follow your own routine. Another natural way to deal with anxiety and stress is hypnosis. It has become increasingly popular and there is data to support its effectiveness for addressing anxiety and stress. More and more medical practitioners are recommending hypnotherapy. There are hypnosis appointments that are available through Skype. There are a number of options available to help with stress during these times of uncertainty.
Taking the time for yourself is vital to managing your health and wellness. Developing copies strategies has always been critical. Focusing on the things you can control and performing activities that improve your outlook has become increasingly important. Make a commitment and start today.