In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, governments around the world have taken drastic measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19. An overarching sense of instability has been brought about by the daily implementation of world-shifting policies and the stress imposed by adjusting to a complete reorganization of day-to-day life. People are experiencing a heightened level of fear and anxiety worldwide.
However, we can help keep our anxiety levels in check by adopting some simple coping strategies. Psychiatrists advise people to get regular, daily exercise. Research has shown connecting with nature helps lower anxiety and can improve overall health. Taking a walk outside, while practicing social distancing, may put your mind at ease.
Even if you must stay inside, at-home workouts can help relieve stress. Something as simple as completing online training to improve your work skills may also add some much-needed relief. Generally, the more that you can establish a new routine — including scheduling breaks and recreation time — the better. If you’re working from home, have a designated spot for work and try to stick to regular work hours. Staying connected, especially while so physically isolated, is critical. Whether it’s a phone call or video chat, daily interactions can placate the fear-inducing thoughts that may spin unimpeded in our heads.
Professionals also recommend yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises. If you prefer guided meditation, there are several apps available including Calm, Headspace, Aura, and 10 Percent Happier.