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As many of our readers know, I suffer from anxiety. We are not even a week into social distancing and my anxiety is through the roof. I don’t do well when I am not in control of pretty much everything around me; a whole other vulnerable blog for a whole other time.
I want to start this off by saying, I understand the severity of the current situation we are faced with. I understand that while I am not high risk, being irresponsible by going to the gym, going to a brewery, a store or going anywhere really, increases the risk of me exposing those who are high risk and those who are most vulnerable to this virus.
That being said, the tension and stress surrounding the current climate in our country has me uneasy and has my anxiety higher than normal. My normal answer would be to get out of the house; to go to the gym. So, what are some alternatives to physically going to a place of fitness?
There are some great ways to reduce stress and anxiety during this stressful time and I hope one or some of them work for you!
Take a Walk:
Fresh air cures all, well at least most. Put your phone down, turn your TV off and take a walk. Breathe in the fresh air, (three counts in through the nose, three counts out through the mouth) and let yourself relax.
Read a Book:
Lose yourself in the written word. Grab a nice cup of tea, if it’s nice outside, sit yourself in the sunshine, if it isn’t, wrap yourself in a blanket near a window and pick up a good book. Nothing heavy, I usually go for a good Harry Potter or a good work of fiction. If the world you are living in becomes too much, take a break and escape to a world immersed in a book.
“Exercise causes endorphins; endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t kill their husbands… they just don’t”. Elle Woods sure got this one right. Exercise is always one of my go to’s when I have bad anxiety. During this time of isolation, exercise is even more important.
While socializing is closed, the outdoors are not. I plan on running, doing workouts in our basement, pulling out the old Beachbody Insanity that I used to live by in 2010 and more. Be on the lookout because we are going to be releasing some great workouts anyone can do at home with no equipment!
There are a number of workout websites that can customize home workouts for you and the equipment that you have available. Check out websites like FitnessBlender.com, PopSugarFitness over on YouTube and fitness locations such as Core Power Yoga have closed their studios but are offering FREE classes online through the Core Power Yoga on Demand section on their website.
Natural Calm is a supplement added to water to reduce anxiety. One serving of Natural Calm contains 325 grams of magnesium; a supplement known to naturally reduce anxiety. Simply add the powder to water, follow the instructions or you may experience some unpleasant side effects.
Over the counter drops help me so much. I take this in my everyday life and I take them on every trip we go on and always take them before I get on a plane.
I use a mixture of all of these drops.
The Herb Pharm Anxiety Soother drops are great for everyday but if I need a little something extra I turn to Wish Garden and add their Emotional Ally, Deep Stress and/or Serious Relaxer to my arsenal.
These drops pack a punch for me and I add a vile of each to a small glass of water prior to leaving for the airport. I keep it in a place that is easily accessible on the plane as well if I need it.
If these types of remedies aren’t your thing, consult with your doctor to see if there are other medications that might be more suitable for you. Very Well Mind has a great article that includes some of the prescriptions to help you combat your symptoms.
Bryson bought me this blanket back in 2018 and it has changed my life. The weight of the blanket helps me sleep at night and during the day, it helps me to relax if I have severe anxiety during the day as well.
Stay off Social Media:
I don’t know how to break this to you but social media is not an anxiety reducer; it is an anxiety increaser. A really good way to keep your blood pressure and your anxiety lower, especially in our current situation is to not tempt yourself with social media. If you need your doggy posts or Disney posts, I recommend keeping the Instagram but completely logging out of or even uninstalling Facebook and Twitter altogether.
Sleep is key. It’s easy to go a little stir crazy when you are cooped up at home and lack of stimulation can result in losing sleep. Be sure to get exercise and to keep your mind and your body active during this time. It is easy to set up on the couch and get lost in Disney+ or some old movies or get caught up on mindless television; force yourself to be stimulated. Sitting on your computer or on your couch is not going to cut it and will result in losing sleep which will not do any favors for your anxiety.
Keep Your Space Clean:
Clutter and mess can increase anxiety and stress significantly especially when there is nowhere else to go. Spend a little extra time keeping your space neat and tidy. This will help to keep your mind at ease and help relax your body as well.
Do A Project:
Just last night, I was folding laundry and I went to shove yet another sweater into my hanging closet organizer and Oops! The whole thing came tumbling down ripping at the seams. I weighed it just for fun… 62 pounds… it was only designed to hold up to 40 pounds. Bam! A new project.
I hopped online and ordered some new closet organizers and I have myself a new project. This will undoubedtly spiral into a massive overhaul of our closets and probably our bathroom as well. Nothing like a project to ease the mind.
Those are some of our top tips for reducing anxiety and stress during this very stressful time.
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