Looking for some tips for the pandemic? As someone who has suffered from anxiety her entire life, I know a thing or two about being overwhelmed. And with the end of the threat of Covid-19 seemingly nowhere in sight following months of quarantine, we could all use a little TLC to keep us going. Here are three secrets to staying zen during the pandemic.
The easiest thing to do and also the thing easiest to forget. Just taking a few moments to stop and take some deep breaths can do you a world of good. Practicing your breathing can slow your heartbeat, lower or stabilize your blood pressure, and even relieve stress. And it can be done anywhere! Next time your mind is racing, step away from what you are doing and close your eyes.
Take a deep breath in through your nose, allowing your entire belly to fill up, hold it for a second, then slowly exhale through your mouth. Letting out a moan or a groan with this final step can be helpful if you’re having a particularly stressful day at work!
2. Take a Social Media Detox
Social media has been a great way to stay in touch with family and friends during quarantine. However, it can become overwhelming, especially with all of the false information about the pandemic flying around the internet. Instead of endlessly scrolling through you feed, pick up a book and flip through some pages. This is one of those tips for the pandemic that will really help.
Let yourself get engrossed in an adventure or learn about a new destination that I promise you’ll be able to visit someday. Instead of scrolling through social media I like to pick up my gratitude journal and write one thing that I am grateful for each and every day. I find this helps me to focus on the positives and have a better outlook on life.
3. Turn off the TV and Get Outdoors
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been running out of shows to binge watch after months in the house. Before the weather gets really chilly, switch the TV off and get outdoors. Take a walk (with a mask!), or a run, or a bike ride. Go for a hike or sit in the park and watch the world go by. Have a socially distanced visit with a friend or family member. Instead of catching up on Chandler and Rachel’s relationship, make sure you’re catching up on your best friend’s life too.
These are all easy suggestions, but in the end, the most important way to stay zen during the pandemic is to remember that we are all going to get through this if we stay safe and take care of each other.