Tips to Lower Anxiety During Trying Times

June 22, 2020

Stay In, Stay Calm

Most of us had our daily routine interrupted due to the ongoing pandemic. Spending a lot of time indoors can have a big impact on your mental health, making you susceptible to stress, fear, sadness, anxiety and depression.
It can be hard to understand how to effectively get the best out of these times while taking care of your mental wellbeing. Here are some tips to do that.

Follow Your Routine

While it can be tempting to fall into a more lethargic lifestyle due to the increased indoor time, this could lead to negative thinking. Wake up and go to bed on time, eat meals at usual times, shower as normal and follow your fitness regimen. This will help keep you active and less likely to spiral.

Limit Screen Time

Studies show that spending too much time looking at electronic screens is not good for your wellbeing. Be mindful of the time you spend in front of a screen and make an effort to reduce it gradually. Also, switch off your electronic devices at least 30 minutes before your bedtime.

Eat Smarter

During difficult times it is important to stay away from foods that can increase feelings of anxiety and stress. Try to keep away from processed foods, sugars, excessively salty food, high levels of caffeine, fried and oily food.
Also make sure you have a healthy and balanced diet every day that includes five portions of fruits and vegetables, high-fibre starchy foods like bread or rice, dairy products such as milk, cheese or yoghurt, proteins such as meat, eggs, fish, pulses, beans, unsaturated fats such as olive oil and at least 8 glasses of water.

Stay Connected

Social distancing does not mean social isolation. Take the time to stay in touch with friends and family. Use group video calls to catch up with your old friends' circle or organize online parties. Staying connected and doing something for others can improve your mood and wellbeing.
If your mind is stuck in a constant feeling of being trapped it will only serve to stress you out more. A well planned and productive approach can lead to a more positive attitude overall. Use this time to finish off some long-avoided tasks, reorganize your home or kitchen, or build something you’ve always wanted to.  Make sure you take the time to relax and focus on self-care.

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