Even for a huge introvert like myself, being cooped up this long at home can cause stress and anxiety. It can manifest in several ways, such as:
- Worrying about your health and the vulnerability of loved ones
- Changes in sleeping
- Changes in eating habits
- Difficulty concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health problems
- Increased use of alcohol and tobacco
So how can we come out the other end of this pandemic with our sanity and health intact? Here are some steps you can take to increase your odds of coming out relatively unscathed.
- Take a break from keeping up with the latest and greatest. Constantly reading, watching and listening to updates on the state of the world are exhausting and upsetting.
- Stretch often, practice deep breathing, take up yoga and meditate to find your inner calm
- Make every effort to eat a healthy diet and well balanced meals.
- Keep to a regular sleep schedule
- Exercise regularly. You don’t have to go to the gym. Body weight exercises are available everywhere. A quick internet search will give you loads of workouts.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs. Okay, okay, at least reel the alcohol in a little.
- Indulge in activities you enjoy that can be done in the comfort of your home. Reading, writing, painting, puzzles, games, cooking, etc.
- Just because we are isolated, don’t let that stop you from connecting with others, through social media, video calls, letters. (Let’s save the post office!)
- Be nice to yourself. If you are feeling down, don’t beat yourself up about it. You are not alone. So squash that negative chatter in your head and be more positive.
- Keep routines in place as much as possible. It will give you a sense of normalcy.
- Keep your distance from others, but you can definitely go outside. Take frequent walks and get out in the sunshine as much as possible.
- Help others, either by making masks, donating to a food pantry or writing letters to people in nursing homes. If you are focusing on others, you aren’t dwelling on your own situation.
Mainly you just need to get out of your head and try to stay in the present. Don’t worry about what is in the future or how much things have changed, stay in the right now.
Finding “cabin love” to combat “cabin fever”.