Spending the majority of your day inside. Educating your children. Waiting in long lines to go grocery shopping. Working from home. Losing your job. Worrying about contracting Coronavirus. And the list goes on and on. For some, the mental stress is overwhelming, especially when you are at the head of a household where you are always expected to be strong. How many single moms can relate?
It’s inevitable that at some point anxiety levels will increase and for some, bouts of depression can occur.
Energy Healing Practitioner Keisha Allen-Smith offers the following tips for reducing stress during the worldwide pandemic.
STAY INFORMED, BUT KNOW WHEN TO DISCONNECT
It’s important to remain updated on what’s happening both locally and internationally, but information overload can become a problem, advises Keisha.
“Consuming too much information from news outlets and social media can become overwhelming and fuel panic,” she says. “It can also distract you from completing other tasks. Take this time as an opportunity to relax, recharge and reconnect with family.”
It’s important to create a self-care routine which benefits your physical and mental well-being, Keisha continues.
Although lockdown and social distancing guidelines are being enforced, exercise can still be incorporated into your everyday life.
“Get moving. Spend some time outdoors and take in some Vitamin D from the sun,” Keisha advises. “This will help boost your immune system and improve your mood.”
With many having tons of extra times on their hands, Keisha says now is also a good time to declutter and clean your personal space while adding that it’s important to continue to stimulate your senses by eating foods you enjoy, listening to music you love, taking a relaxing bath, or burning your favourite candle.
Use this time while the world is on a slowdown to connect with yourself and others, Keisha says. Having family discussions, cooking together, meditating and journaling are just a few of her suggestions.
“One can also pray, practice mindfulness or spend time with nature,” she adds.
Express gratitude daily by listing things you are thankful for. Include your family in this practice to help everyone focus on being positive.
And lastly, Keisha encourages anyone who feels they need help to seek it immediately, whether it’s your GP or a mental health practitioner.
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