For those of us consuming Coronavirus information updates every 30 seconds, it’s hard to keep up, let alone decipher what it all means. To inspire our readers, Detroitisit is taking an informative stance to help keep you best aware of what’s going on, and what steps can help make the COVID-19 that much smoother for us.
So, you are at home inside and letting your anxiety run wild, or you’re looking to mentally chill out during this time of the Coronavirus. There are ways you can keep yourself busy and calm during this time of stress – here are 7 of our favorites for you to try out, and hopefully, they will bring you some inner zen.
TAKE UP A WORKOUT ROUTINE
There are a ton of online resources, whether you use an online platform like Glo (Yoga and Pilates) or Steezy (Urban/Hip-Hop Dance), or simply looking at Pinterest and finding workouts that work for you. If you do not own weights, use similarly weighted items, like cans of the same food, or water bottles for toning purposes. Creating that routine for yourself daily will help you feel more “normal” and will give you a sense of calm when anxiety creeps in.
DANCE IT OUT
Compile a playlist of your favorite bops and quite literally, dance away your stress. Don’t worry about looking stupid or not knowing how to dance, there’s no one to see you anyway! Get those endorphins moving, and forget about the world for a while. And if you think this can only be done with dance music, think again. Metalheads can headbang hardcore while burning calories! If you need some suggestions of what to listen to, visit our listicle ‘10 Albums to Bump During Your Self-Quarantine’ here.
WORRY ABOUT ONLY WHAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY HANDLE
I’ve got high-functioning anxiety. What that means is, from the outside, I may look calm and efficient, but inside I’m screaming. So trust me when I say this: Only worry about what you can ACTUALLY handle. A lot of things are out of our control currently, including statewide orders to stay home. Instead of panicking, take stock in what you actually can control, what things you have power over, and move from there. Chances are, a good amount of the things that freak you out are completely out of your control, so don’t waste your energy on them. ALSO, just because people may be panicking, doesn’t mean you need to panic too. Take count of what your worries are, see what you can control, and move forward from there with a clearer mindset.
It’s imperative at this time to not sit and wallow and let your anxiety run rampant. It’s hard considering we’re all indoors. Trust me, I get it. But now’s the time to take up a new skill or hobby, read books, play games online, and do all the things you haven’t had time to do while adulting so very hard. Yes, there’s a lot of things to be concerned about – but this goes back to my previous point: There’s not a lot in our control right now, so try and keep your mind busy, and keep yourself occupied as best as you can. For more ideas, visit our listicle, ‘10 Things to Do at Home While Social Distancing’ here.
SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
There’s only so much you can do when working from home. So much you can do when you just started dating someone and now you can’t see them (Listicle: ‘Quarantine Cuddles: How To Date During Coronavirus’) So much to do — PERIOD. But realize that some of these processes and things will have to be modified and changed.
A. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t complete all your tasks at this time.
B. Do not take your anxiety out on others you interact with, either virtually or in-person (while social distancing of course).
C. The people that are still continuing to work during this time while coming in contact with potential carriers of COVID-19 deserve our upmost respect at this time. There is no need to flip out on a store clerk for not having your favorite brand of spaghetti sauce or still being out of toilet paper.
We’re all under a lot of stress, but we can only control so much, so try to keep your sh*t together during this time.
HEAT IT UP
So, you can’t go to the sauna, eh? If that’s one of your recommended stress-relievers, or if you just feel more comforted by heat and water, take a bath or hot shower. Sure, it’s not going to get to Sauna-level temps, but I know for me personally, a hot shower centers me when I’m having an anxiety attack, or simply having a bad day.
DO AS SNOOP DOGG DOES
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