Helpful tips to keep the anxiety away.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and worried during an ongoing global health crisis, especially when you spend more time couped up at your home. Thoughts on personal health and what lies in the future may creep into our minds more often than before. While it is normal to feel anxious, there are ways we can reduce that stress and strengthen our mental health.
Start a gratitude journal
Gratitude and happiness have often been linked to improved well-being and mental health. Keep a journal and write a daily list of what you’ve been blessed with and let it fill your heart. Bask in that feeling whenever you’re feeling down.
Our body releases stress-relieving and mood-boosting endorphins before and after a workout. Even the smallest efforts count like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going for short walks. Try to get as much sun exposure to help your body produce vitamin D, which increases your level of serotonin in the brain.
Indulge in good meals
Carbohydrates increase serotonin, a chemical that has a calming effect on your mood, while protein-rich foods increase norepinephrine, dopamine, and tyrosine, which help keep you alert. Don’t forget your vegetables and fruits that feed every cell of your body like those that affect mood-regulating brain chemicals.
Help other people
Being helpful to others is a great way to boost your self-esteem. You can start by sending some home-cooked food to your neighbour or offer to do grocery runs for elderly relatives. A simple call to a friend or relative can also be helpful as you can never be too sure if they are in need of someone to talk to.
Take a break
Whenever you’re feeling like everything is too much to process at that moment, just step away. Focus on things that aren’t related to what’s causing your stress until you feel better. You can also try simple breathing exercises to calm you down. Close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths. Count to four as you inhale, hold it for a count of four, and then exhale for another four.
Sleep on time
Sleep deprivation has a significant negative effect on your mood and that’s why it’s best to sleep at a regular time each day. Practicing good habits also leads to better sleep. Start by shutting down screens for at least an hour before sleeping, using your bed only for sleep or relaxing activities.
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