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How to Manage Your Anxiety During Isolation and Quarantine

April 6, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a major stressor for many of us. For those who are suffering from mental health problems, this pandemic can exacerbate one’s mental and emotional health issues.

In this time of forced isolation, the following tips can help you manage your anxiety and stay calm in the midst of this pandemic:

Prioritize your mindset and well-being at the start of your day
With non-essential businesses advised to close, you may find yourself working from home.

This may be a dream come true for others but for some who are used to working in an office/away from home, this can be very stressful and challenging.

The stress of adjusting from working in an office to one’s home is very understandable. Some people end up overworking to show to their colleagues that they are being productive.

Being overworked and stressed doesn’t help in keeping your anxiety down. In fact, it can make it worse.

To keep this from happening, start your day with a clear mind. Make a note of what you want to achieve that day and stick with that. In this way, working from home would feel less overwhelming and stressful.

Maintain a routine
Our anxiety levels can increase significantly when we’re out of our comfort zone. In this time of the pandemic, we may be pushed towards this direction because of changes in our schedule or routine.

If you feel you’re out of whack because of this, it’s best to start creating a new routine and sticking with it. Having a structure can make you feel you still have control especially in this time when our normal activities are disrupted.

Make use of technology
If the thought of being away from family and friends is keeping your anxiety level high, you can still stay connected using the technology we have.

Set aside time each week to get in touch with your family or friends. Video or phone calls may not be the same with being with them physically but it’s better than nothing.

Stay active
Studies have shown that regular exercise can help anxiety and depression in several ways.

For one, it releases feel-good hormones and other brain chemicals that enhance your sense of well-being. Second, it can help you get better sleep, which is very important for your mental health.

Not sure how to do it without your gym membership? The Internet is your best friend!

With many people stuck in their homes right now, many fitness trainers are using social media and other platforms to keep people moving. Many are even doing it for free. Take advantage of these resources.

Practice simple relaxation techniques
Relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises can be very helpful in alleviating mental distress, including anxiety thoughts.

With regular practice, you can feel more in control of your own state.

Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a dramatic increase in online wellness classes. You may want to join one that suits your preference and schedule. It’s a good opportunity to learn something new that you can benefit from for the long-term.

There may be so many things about this pandemic that we can’t control but we can certainly do something for ourselves to cope with it better.

Try these techniques and may these help you stay well during this challenging time.