As COVID cases rise in the Los Angeles County Area, stay at home orders remain in effect. Most people are working from home and limiting their travel to decrease the possible spread of the virus. However, being home 24/7 can lead to a variety of issues. Many are finding themselves dealing with anxiety and stress. If you have found yourself feeling more anxious and stressed out lately, please continue to read for some tips on how to help manage those issues.
1. Take a Time Out
When you start to feel anxious or stressed, stop what you’re doing and step away from the problem in order to clear your head. Listen to some music, meditate, or go for a walk.
When you exercise, your body releases endorphins. The endorphins work with the receptors in your brain that help alleviate your perception of pain and trigger a positive feeling throughout your body.
3. Eat Balanced Meals
Do not skip meals. Meal prep and have healthy, energy boosting snacks ready to go. Some examples of foods that can provide you with more energy include oatmeal, eggs, nuts, fruit, green tea, fish, yogurt, and sweet potatoes.
4. Limit Alcohol & Caffeine Consumption
Alcohol and caffeine can actually trigger anxiety and lead to panic attacks.
5. Get Enough Sleep
Why is getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night recommended? Getting the proper amount of sleep can help improve concentration, productivity, athletic performance, and immune function. Poor sleep is linked to a variety of health issues from increased inflammation, depression, diabetes risk, heart disease, stroke and increased body weight.
6. Take Deep Breaths
When you start to feel stressed or anxious, try one of these breathing techniques.
7. Find What Triggers Your Anxiety
Keep a journal and document the times that you start to feel stressed or anxious. Is it work, friends, family, social media? Document your feelings and try to find a pattern so that you can identify the issues.
8. Give Yourself Grace
We are all guilty of expecting perfection in ourselves but that just isn’t possible. Strive to be the best version of yourself and be proud of your accomplishments.
9. Keep A Schedule
Being stuck at home can make your days all seem like a blur. Create a schedule and stick to it. Set an alarm each day, set your breakfast, lunch and dinner times just as you would pre pandemic. Shower, get dressed and put on some normal human clothes.
10. Talk To Someone
You are not alone. If you already have supportive friends or family, opening up to them can be a great place to start. There are also plenty of health professionals who now offer tele-health services making appointments a breeze. Support groups of like minded people can also be beneficial; sharing your thoughts and feelings with others who are going through the same thing can be helpful.