COVID-19 has been sweeping the globe for over six months and is still infecting and killing thousands of people. Globally, there have been almost a million deaths from COVID-19. This kind of terrifying scenario is causing an unprecedented amount of anxiety for citizens in every country.
The sudden changes to lifestyles including working from home, quarantine, social distancing, homeschooling, and mask-wearing can be overwhelming. While technology has allowed us to get up to date information, it can be difficult to know who is telling the truth about the virus. You are not alone if you are feeling stressed about the pandemic.
The good news is, there are a few things that you can do to help manage your stress during the outbreak, including daily exercise and adding a supplement from Quality of Life to your routine. Let’s take a look at some natural ways to help you fight your pandemic anxiety.
If you are tossing and turning all night worrying about the pandemic and how your family and friends are doing, the lack of sleep can make your anxiety worse. Sleep is vital to maintaining a strong immune system and reducing stress. You should be getting at least eight hours of sleep every night. This amount of restorative rest can allow you to manage your stress more effectively. If you aren’t getting enough sleep at night, you can take advantage of the more time you are spending at home to take a nap.
Although most gyms and health clubs are closed, there’s still no reason that you can’t get your daily exercise. Take a walk in the park, ride your bike on an open trail or hit your living room floor for an at-home workout session. Just thirty minutes of moderate exercise a day can help increase your endorphins which can elevate your mood and relieve feelings of stress.
Unless your anxiety is severe, your doctor likely won’t recommend a prescription medication to help you manage your stress. The kind of anxiety caused by COVID-19 is short term and can be handled with natural supplements. A blend of melatonin, valerian root, or ashwagandha can help regulate your mood and relieve tension making it easier to fight your anxiety.
Sometimes, you just need a few minutes of quiet to help you feel more centered and relaxed. Practicing meditation with breathing exercises and focused mantras can help relieve built-up tension, calm your mind, and help you manage your stress levels.
With so much more time spent at home, it’s easy to get carried away with snacking. Eating foods that are high in caffeine and sugar can make it harder to manage your anxiety. Maintain a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and keep the sweets to a minimum.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed during COVID-19 with conflicting news coming at you from numerous sources. Many aspects of the pandemic have been politicized, causing tension between citizens which can make having to go out for supplies even more stressful. Try to keep your news intake to a minimum. Watch a quick news update about the current situation and try unplugging for the rest of the day.
We are all in this together. In the not so distant future, we will see the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, try some of these tips to help you fight your pandemic anxiety.