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5 Ways to ease Stress and Anxiety during this Pandemic

I can't work from home, I can't find childcare, I can't do without family support, I can't go out with my friends are just some of the things I have had patients tell me, when they described why their anxiety has been taking over their life.

These are all very real challenges that all of us are facing at this time. However, it is important take a deep breath, because I am about to make your life a little bit easier by sharing 5 simple ways to simplify your day and get the most out of it. 

 

1. Cut yourself some slack 

Most people need a structure and schedule to get work tasks completed. However, when you are working from home, it isn't practically possible to have that structure. Instead of fighting it, try to accept it and embrace it. Breakfast now takes 1 hr instead of 30 mins? - IT IS OK!  You need to take a break every 30 mins because your child needs you - IT IS OK! Be flexible. Say to yourself every morning, "I will try my best today to just go with the flow" and watch your anxiety/frustration be at a minimum through the day. 

2. Get Dressed

While it is VERY tempting to live in your sweatpants all day, there is something about getting dressed. It puts you in that "I am ready for my day" kind of mood. For most people, looking their best, often equates to feeling their best. Try it! 

3. Indulge in self care 

Working from home definitely has some advantages. Anybody living in Southern California, knows we probably spend way more time on the road than we should. Spend that extra hour or two you saved commuting back from work, in self care. Turn on that aromatherapy diffuser, draw yourself a bath and finish it up with some quiet reading time with a cup of relaxing hot tea. If you are like me and get a Migraine with strong scents - this essential oil mix is THE oil for you - https://www.saje.com/product/tranquility-406101.html

4. Restrict Social Media 

We all know that feeling when your phone reminds you, you are way past your daily allowance of screen time. There is a lot going on right now and you do not need to be reminded every single minute of the day of all the bad things around you. There is a difference between being aware of your surroundings and being consumed by your surroundings. Try to limit how much social media content you consume in a day. Set a reminder on your phone or hold yourself accountable to a friend or family member. If you surround yourself with positivity, you will inculcate positivity. 

5. Practice gratefulness 

For most people, their worst anxiety hits them at night, right when they hit the bed. To avoid that, before going to bed, write down or just speak out loud 3 things you are grateful for. And then really reflect on the things you did right that day and things you intend to improve on the next day. Finally practice deep breathing for 5-10 minutes as your drift off to sleep. 

Hope you found these tips helpful! Share this post and let us know what works for you! 

Be kind always. 

- Dr. L

 

Author
Dr. Megha Lalwani

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