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HOW TO REDUCE STRESS LEVELS DURING THE PANDEMIC
We’re in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. So, it’s not all too surprising that many of us are feeling stressed and under pressure. The world as we know it has changed without warning. Rather than working, many of us are confined to our homes. Rather than meeting up with friends and family, we can only really leave for essentials such as food and medication. We’re bored. We’re lonely. We’re wondering how we’re going to make ends meet. Perhaps the worst part is we don’t know when all of this will pass. But at the same time, it’s important to remain as positive and calm as possible. There’s no point getting down over things we can’t change and, as long as you’re healthy and well, things can quickly improve. So, for the time being. Here are a few things you can do to reduce your stress levels during this trying time.
A good option for many of us when it comes to letting off steam is working out. Most of us have pent up energy as we’re not moving about as much. Exercise also reduces the production of cortisol (a stress hormone) and encourages the production and release of serotonin (a feel good chemical) within our bodies. Now, you can’t head down to the gym right now, but you are able to exercise outside. So, try to make sure you go for a walk, jog, run or cycle at some point each day. You can also do home workouts. Just follow tutorials online. You could benefit from buying some home workout equipment to increase intensity. Resistance bands, kettlebells, handheld weights, exercise balls, and yoga mats. These can all increase the quality of your exercise.
You might not have tried meditating before, but it can make all the difference to how you feel. The practice of meditation is pretty simple and straightforward, but it does take some getting used to. There are plenty of video tutorials and apps out there that can guide you through the process. Simply find a quiet and comfortable spot in your house and get started. It can help to release tension, encourage more open mindedness and can generally have a profoundly positive impact on your life and outlook.
Keep In Touch
It’s important that you keep in touch with the people who are important in your life. You might not be able to see them on a face-to-face basis right now, but we’re lucky to live in an age where longer distance communication is as simple as having a phone or laptop and an internet connection. Make calls, text, send messages on social media, video call or even try a video group chat. Just hearing or seeing someone you care about can really help to lift your mood.
These are simple steps and may sound basic, but so many people are letting them fall by the wayside when they could make all the difference right now. So, try incorporating them into your daily routine. You should feel better for it!
Are you being mindful by either taking up yoga or mediation during lockdown? #Wellbeing— Menswear Style (@MenswearStyle) May 14, 2020