How to Fight Coronavirus Quarantine Anxiety
These days, turning on the news or scrolling through Facebook and Twitter just means being barraged with an endless stream of news stories about the coronavirus and resulting stay-at-home orders. It’s really hard to get away from it, apart from the occasional Netflix binge session, so it totally makes sense if you’re feeling overwhelmed and anxious about the way the world is heading.
However, once you’ve felt your feelings and validated your emotions, it’s important to start moving forward alleviating that crushing anxiety. If you want to start feeling a little calmer and a little less panicked about the coronavirus and quarantine, but you’re not sure how, it might be worth it to try these steps out.
Step 1: Get in your feelings
Sometimes, there’s no way out except through. You’ve got to feel everything inside you before you’re ready to move on; it’s just part of being human. So, if you’ve been holding in a good cry, or a scream, or just an angry tirade, take a day and just let it all out.
Step 2: Find a calm space
A calm space can literally be a location in your home where you feel most at peace, but it also means a mental space where you can find relaxation and restoration. If you’re not sure how to create a calm space for yourself, consider these tips:
- Devote a room or corner in your home to quiet relaxation and contemplation. Maybe it’s just a meditation cushion and some candles, or maybe it’s your luxury bed set. Whatever it is, it’s crucial you never do work or worry there.
- Try out natural mental relaxers, like CBD oil. If you’re looking for something healthy and all natural to cleanse your mind and body, CBD gummies with apple cider vinegar can be an excellent choice. They will bring tranquil thoughts without making you high.
- Listen to a guided meditation or sleep audio, which can help lull you into a serene state even when it’s too hard to do so yourself.
Once you’ve let out your emotions and found your calm space, you will have more mental strength to be proactive about fighting your quarantine anxiety.
Step 3: Take up exercise
One proactive step you can take to reduce your quarantine anxiety is to try to be consistent about exercise. While gyms are mostly closed and there won’t be any exercise classes being held any time soon, there are some great options for solo exercise out there:
- Running is simple; all you need is a good pair of running shoes. Just be sure you bring a mask and keep 10 feet of distance from other runners.
- Biking is another simple one that can be done with just a bike! Plenty of bike shops are considered essential services, so if you need your old bike fixed up, be sure you call around and find a shop that can help you out. It’s also possible to purchase a new bike online, which can be a great option for those who don’t own one.
- Yoga studios may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stretch, breathe, and flow at home. There are tons of engaging yoga YouTube series available online, and with the help of a peppy internet instructor and a cushy comfy yoga mat, your chakras will be aligned in no time.
Step 4: Talk to your people
When you’re feeling down, it can be easy to alienate yourself from the important people in your life. Whether that’s your mom, your best friend, or that cousin who makes you die laughing, it’s important that you reach out to them and keep those connections strong.
Not a fan of video calls? Don’t worry. A simple phone call can be fun, intimate, and lift your spirits just as well if not better than a video chat.
Step 5: Practice gratitude
Lastly, one emotion that psychologists agree is crucial for feeling happy and satisfied, and reducing anxiety, is gratitude. Being grateful for the things in your life might be difficult during the coronavirus quarantine – it can easily feel like the whole world is coming to an end! – but there are surely some things that you can still be grateful for, like your family, your pets, or the fact that you have food and a place to sleep.
The pandemic quarantine is a stressful time, but with the right strategy, you can reduce your anxiety and go back to enjoying life.