Oftentimes there are factors from the outside world that cause us stress. Considering what is happening with Coronavirus and the effects it has on our daily lives, it is okay to feel anxious, stressed, or even confused about your emotions. Remember, there are things we can do to keep ourselves physically healthy, but there are also ways we can take care of our mental health and Coronavirus-related stress.
Keep a Positive Attitude
We know it’s easier said than done, but keeping a positive attitude overall can keep you feeling mentally well. It’s important to take the time you need to recover from whatever is causing you stress, but once you’ve taken a moment to heal, try to keep a positive attitude. Look at the glass as half full and find things in your life that bring you joy. If you focus on the positive, there will be less room for the negative to make its way into your life.
Pick Up a Relaxing Hobby
Chances are with social distancing, you’ll have some free time on your hands to focus on activities that bring you happiness Try picking up hobbies you enjoy, but also bring you mental wellness. With Spring finally here, now’s your time to get outside and take a walk to clear your head. Or if you’re looking for something more creative, coloring books are a great tool for clearing your mind by focusing on a task at hand.
You don’t have to be a Yogi to practice meditation or yoga, and these relaxing hobbies are designed to relieve stress and the physical impacts it has on your body. By taking the time to clear your mind and be in the moment, you will notice your stress subside. If you’re looking for some online yoga classes, here are a few suggestions for the best online yoga classes offered this year.
Take Care of Your Body
Taking care of your body is essential for feeling less stressed and anxious. We’ve all had those days where we don’t feel like our body is in tip-top shape, and it can affect how we mentally respond to the world around us. Taking the time to eat right and maintain a healthy lifestyle will help you feel better about your current situation.
When some of us are stressed, we tend to snack a little more than we usually do. Don’t judge yourself on your current habits, but making an effort to eat better can help make you feel your best. Try planning your meals in advance with healthy choices. If you want to cut down on the snacking, plan your snacks ahead of time and make them treats you can look forward to. There are also superfoods like avocados that you can incorporate into your diet to help boost your health and fight off the impacts of stress.
Take the time to move your body as well. This can help you burn off some negative energy you might be harboring. Take a walk, dust off that bike that’s been sitting in the garage, or start a new workout program. There are even some gyms that are offering online classes if you’re interested in that too.
Pampering yourself is another effective way to destress and unwind. Try your hand at a DIY manicure and pedicure, and remember to have a cleanup brush handy for any mistakes you make. This will help you focus on a current task and keep your mind off of stressful times.
Now is also a great time to treat your skin. When you’re stressed or anxious, this can increase your level of stress-related hormones which sends your skin’s oil glands in overdrive, thus causing your skin to break out. Try out a new skin routine or a new acne treatment that can help your skin look and feel it’s best. Acne creams with various combinations of tretinoin, niacinamide, and clindamycin often work for most skin types.
Nails and skin aren’t the only things you can pamper to help yourself feel less stressed. Try a new hair mask or a new eye cream you’ve been wanting to test. At the very least a comfy robe and slippers could be all the pampering you need.
Take it Easy
With so much uncertainty around COVID-19, there is a lot to be anxious about. While we can’t control the world we live in, we can control the way we respond to it. It’s okay if you’re feeling a little uneasy about your current situation, but taking the time to stop and relax can help you get back to your more positive mindset.