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Axe the anx: 5 ways to soothe your anxiety during this social distancing period

Tick-tock, tick-tock. During this social distancing period, life comes to a point when looking at the time and watching it pass you by just doesn’t make sense anymore. If you, like me, are struggling to take your mind off the pandemic, then we’re in the same mental boat. 

Results show an increasing amount of people are suffering from anxiety due to being cooped up for too long, among other issues. Perhaps building a simple but effective routine, or indulging in an activity you wouldn’t otherwise have the time for could help. 

Maybe start with some simple stuff, like the ones we’re suggesting below. Ready? 

 

Start a morning routine

That means prioritizing showering, getting dressed, putting on makeup (for a much-needed ego boost), making your own coffee and replicating any Outside World needs. In China, those who have been indoors since late January felt they were falling into depression after being alone all day, but found it boosted their moods to dress up, and put makeup on like usual, just like they were going to the office.

 

Downtime on screen time

Lock up your digital devices for a few hours and disconnect from the world with a book instead. Trust us, a really good book with an engrossing story will pass the time sooner than you think. 

 

Get some sun

We highly encourage you to not be a vampire: Get as much sunshine as possible. As sun exposure increases serotonin levels in your body, you will experience an improved mood. Open the curtains, do a bit of gardening, or just stick your toes out the balcony for a few minutes in a day. Get to the roof if you’re lacking in the window department. 

 

Do the dishes

Mindfully washing dishes calms the mind and decreases stress. After conducting a study with 51 students, researchers found that mindful dishwashers – those who focused on the smell of the soap, the warmth of the water, the feel of the dishes – reported a decrease in nervousness by 27 percent and an increase in mental inspiration by 25 percent. It might also have something to do with keeping your mind occupied with menial tasks. 

 

Get a cat

Or any furry, cuddly pet. Cats in particular lower your stress levels because their purrs, unique to cats, have a positive calming effect. The purring frequency of cats is a hertz rate that is equal to what they call the gamma waves, which are meditation waves. So the purring of your cat actually helps to slow down your breathing, as well as decrease anxiety and high blood pressure. Plus they’re soft and warm. Beats slobbery pups any day. 

 

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