This outbreak has suspended almost everyone’s daily routine, lifestyles, and plans. This changed how we live from our learning to our work and our social lives. Our new reality gives us a new set of challenges. Below are some tips on how you can manage stress, anxiety, new normal, and self-care;
1. Prioritize your sleep routine
Your mood and the immune system are counting on it. When it comes to taking care of your health and well-being, sleep is pretty much the answer. Getting enough sleep keeps your immune system running it its best to fight off infections like the one that causes the coronavirus disease. The brain needs sleep to function because, without sleep, your brain will be less patient and focused.
2. Be active
Having much time at home than usual does not mean having much time only on the couch. Being active will not only keep your body healthy physically but also helps your mood and well-being. Exercise releases endorphins improve sleep and sharpen focus. Being active reduces the risk of mood disorders.
3. Eat intuitively and avoid mindless snacking
Rather than making a strict eating plan, you can try intuitive eating. This does not restrict any specific food or have you counting calories. Intuitive eating is a practice in which you listen to your body and pay attention to what you need at the moment. When you feel hungry, you eat. When you feel full, you will stop eating.
4. For energy to boost, reach for high-protein snacks
Keep on hand a high-protein bite to help you get to the end of your to-do list for the day. Protein avoids the energy crash you could feel after the high of a carb-heavy snack diminishes and helps you feel full longer.
5. Keep on hand foods that relieve your stress
Foods can affect to lower your stress. Warm foods and omega-3s help improve mood. Dark chocolate is also a great form of thwarting stress. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants. Other foods that can help may include leafy greens, water, bananas, oranges, and whole-grain carbohydrates.
6. Practice gratitude and kindness
Certain studies have found out that people who regularly practice journal about being grateful to have better well-being and have increased optimism about the future. Always remember that everyone is going through a tough time right now.
7. Practice self-talk positively
Appreciate even the small tasks you’ve done and remember to tell yourself a good job. Celebrate your success with self-talk positively. It could be weird but your brain will absorb that self-care attitude. This can help begin to turn your thoughts and feelings in a happier direction.
8. Give yourself a meditation break
You may consider turning off your TV and play some mood-boosting tunes. Music therapy employs music to help people cope with physical or emotional needs. This also helps lessen symptoms in people with mood problems. You probably don’t need a clinical study to put a smile on your face with your favorite jam.