July 14, 2020 by bostonintuitive Leave a Comment
Are you doing your part to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus by staying home? If so, you might be experiencing anxiety, boredom, and social isolation.
As Boston’s top psychic, I know how important it is to stay healthy – spiritually and emotionally as well as physically – in order to truly be well. Here are 12 tips on reducing the emotional toll that social distancing might have on you.
#1. Take life one day at a time.
We have never been through anything like this before. It is important to remember that our current circumstances won’t last forever. And though this is a temporary situation, it is going to take a while to get past it. So, don’t get ahead of yourself. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Try to enjoy each day as it comes and remember to be as compassionate and kind as you can with yourself as well as others.
#2. Stay connected to loved ones.
It may be easier to think of it as physical distancing rather than social distancing. That’s because you can remain in contact with others without having to be physically near them. More time at home means you have more time to virtually check in – on FaceTime, through text or email, or by phone. If you live on your own, it’s particularly important to make virtual dates with your loved ones to keep stress and loneliness at bay. You may even consider joining the online sessions that gyms and churches have been offering your community.
If you are staying home with family, the challenges are different. It can be easy to get annoyed with those you have to see 24/7 or bogged down in family work. But make a change to your perspective by relaxing and enjoying this quality time that you wouldn’t otherwise have. Do all the things you never had time for before – baking together, playing games, enjoying meals as a family. The family game night that you were once lucky to get once a month or once a week before COVID, can now take place every night!
#3. Take time out for yourself.
If you’re caring for your family, it can be easy to burn yourself out unless you recharge your batteries from time to time. You cannot give to others when you haven’t given to yourself first. So, continue to find time to enjoy the things you like on your own. Read your favorite book, watch your favorite movie, or relax in a warm bubbly bath while you listen to music by candlelight.
#4. Don’t stop having fun.
Enjoy life’s smallest of pleasures and don’t stop laughing or having fun. Maybe you don’t want to learn a new skill during this time at home. But why not rekindle a prior love you didn’t have time for before? Board games, movie nights, new recipes, or even just organizing your pantry or closet to feel more productive.
#5. Check the news once a day.
Stay informed – it’s important. But try not to inundate yourself with the latest headlines. Checking once a day in the morning or around noon is best to get the daily dose of information, but then tune the negativity out. Constant negativity or worry – particularly right before bedtime – won’t ease your anxiety or help you get through this any faster.
#6. Practice gratitude.
You can improve your mood and realize just how fortunate you are by saying thank you – for the friends that you do have to check in on, for the loved ones you have to miss, for the health that you are currently enjoying. This will help you feel fuller and more connected to the Universe.
#7. Get outside.
Though you may have to wear a mask and keep your distance, getting outside in nature will help improve your mood. Stay connected to nature.
#8. Consider helping others.
Nothing boosts our morale and sense of connectedness more than helping others. Ask around and see if there are organizations that may be needing your help right now. If you’re able to venture out, perhaps you can deliver food to those who can’t. Or check in on others that might be vulnerable, including neighbors, by phone to see how they are doing.
#9. Stay positive.
The more time you spend thinking about or doing positive things and the more positive people you associate with, the more you will experience positive, peaceful thoughts. Your brain will begin to allow your body to release stress. You will feel happier and fuller and more grateful.
#10. Keep your body healthy.
Try not to let your physical self go. If you don’t get enough sleep or if you eat whatever you want without regard to a balanced, healthy diet, you will feel mentally lethargic and your mood will plummet. Give your body what it needs – good rest, laughter, a diet high in veggies and fruit but low in protein and refined sugars, and lots of water. It can go a long way in improving your spirits and staying hopeful.
#11. Keep it real.
Not every day will be a good one. You will inevitably have a mix of good days and bad days, and days that blur one into the next. So, if it’s a good day, enjoy it. Relish it. Try to maximize it. That will help you get through the not-so-good ones more easily.
#12. Get help.
If you’re finding it difficult to manage your anxiety, or if you were anxious before COVID and things have only compounded, seek out help from a professional counselor or a support group. Now is not the time to go inwards and suffer. You aren’t alone, and many others are feeling the same way.
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