This socially distant life is no joke. It’s not fun hardly getting to leave the house, only getting to go to the store for essentials, not getting to see your friends and loved ones unless it’s virtually—the list goes on. All the things that we cannot do make it hard to feel gratitude for all the things we can do. If you need a little help dealing with all of this madness, take a look at these tips to cope with isolation and stress.
Learn to Communicate Tough Emotions
One of the worst things we can do for ourselves—especially now—is holding onto emotions and not express or deal with them. For example, you may find yourself angry at the current climate and situation. Rather than holding this in and experiencing stress because of it, learn the healthy ways to communicate anger. People process hard emotions in various ways, and some are healthier than others; when you figure out how to communicate them, you’ll help yourself mentally and emotionally.
Pick Up a New Hobby
You may not have felt inclined when all of this first started, but maybe now that this seems a bit more like the new “norm,” we suggest taking the time to pick up a new hobby. You may not be mentally there to do it every day, but on the days where you’re feeling a bit more productive, turn to this hobby. Maybe you want to learn to paint or draw, write poetry, sew your own clothes, take up photography, embroider, or cook—there are so many ways to spend your time in a productive and calming way.
Get Some Fresh Air
You may not be able to head to the park if it’s closed, but it’s still important for you to get fresh air and movement every day. Even if you don’t feel inclined, your body and your mind crave movement, fresh air, and sunshine. Go on a walk, do some jumping jacks on your patio, dance on your balcony—the more you move and the more sunshine you get, the faster stress will ease.
Make a List
This may sound strange, but making lists does wonders for providing organization and mindfulness to your day. If you’re stressed because of all the unknowns, creating lists will give you some “knowns” to focus on. For example, you can make a list of home projects you hope to accomplish. You can make a list of all the things—small or large—that make you happy, and then go out and do a few. It doesn’t really matter what the list is, or even what you do with it afterward; what matters is that you’re focusing on what you can control.
Ask for and Accept Help
Lastly, if you’re struggling and can’t seem to pull out of it, then ask for help. Everyone is feeling this, and everyone is trying to come up with ways to cope. Reach out to those around you for help and communication. When someone offers help or supper, don’t be afraid to take it. Accept help and love from others during this time—we all need it.
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