The coronavirus outbreak means life has changed for us all, causing many of us to feel stressed, worried and anxious. Anxiety can have severe repercussions on our everyday lives, but there are steps you can take at home to help reduce your anxiety and stress. Here are some of the best hacks to relieve anxiety and take back control of your mental health.
Meditation is an increasingly popular way for people who experience anxiety to stay calm when they feel overwhelmed. Even if you’ve never tried meditation before, there are a range of useful apps available such as Calm and Headspace which can help get you started. With a range of guided meditations, they can help bring balance and peace across all aspects of daily life.
Do things you love
Keeping your hands and mind busy through different hobbies is another way that people try to overcome their anxiety. Home crafts, such as painting, baking and gardening, can bring a sense of calm that will ease your stress. Working with your hands and making time to be creative can boost your mood and keep your brain sharp.
Take a minute
Breathing exercises are a tried and tested method of grounding you and bringing you back from the edge. When you realise you are feeling anxious, they are an excellent way to slow down, take a minute and stop what you are doing and take several deep breaths. Doing this for as little as two minutes is useful, and you will find that your head is immediately more clear when you come back.
Have a digital detox
Limiting your screen time throughout the day can really help alleviate anxiety. Try and clock out at a specific time each day helps keep the “digital drain” at bay. Find other ways to pass the time, read a good book or cook up a storm in the kitchen.
Look after your body
It’s surprising what a bit of fresh air can do for your mental health. Get outside and go for a walk. A walk, jog or bike ride is a fantastic way to pump the brain with positive chemicals, and the fresh air and change of scenery make for a welcome change from the four walls of your home.
Try and get a good nights sleep
Good quality sleep makes a huge difference on how we feel mentally and physically, so it’s important to get enough. Try and establish a good sleep routine, avoid caffeine before bed, limit your screen time and create a restful environment.
Look after you
We’re in a time of massive upheaval and there are so many things beyond our control. When you feel yourself getting caught up, remember to be kind to yourself. Take a step back and try some of the tips above.