I don’t know about you, but I have been glued to the TV, trying to learn everything I can about how to keep from getting the coronavirus now known as COVID-19.
Although I feel that it is incredibly important to stay informed, constantly worrying and stressing isn’t helpful. In fact, research has found that it could have the opposite effect.
Stress and Health
According to Harvard University, enduring chronic levels of stress — such as the stress that we’ve been under for weeks while trying to stay on top of the coronavirus — puts us at greater risk of high blood pressure, digestive issues, asthma, cancer, and more.
The National Institute of Mental Health adds that long-term stress can also increase your risk of depression and anxiety.
Unfortunately, it appears that the COVID-19 pandemic is going to get worse before it gets better. And it’s not a stressor you can just decide to remove from your life because it isn’t that simple (wouldn’t that be nice?). So what can you do?
6 Activities to Get a Break from COVID-19
There are a few activities you can do if you feel like you need a small break from the coronavirus, giving your mind a much needed break. Here are a few to consider:
- Take a walk. There’s something calming about being in nature. Ideally, you want to choose a path that is somewhat isolated from other people. But if you only have a public park available, try to walk at a time when no one else is on it.
- Make new memories. Though it can be frustrating to be cooped up all day and night, why not use this time to create special memories with your loved ones? Pull board games out of the closet or be creative and come up with your own. Money Crashers provides a few options that may interest you, such as playing cards, engaging in a game of charades, and starting a round of “Never Have I Ever.” The point is to have some fun so when you look back on this time, it isn’t all bad memories, but some good ones too.
- Use this time to reconnect digitally. If you live alone or have loved ones who don’t live with you, use this social isolation period to reconnect with them via web-based video or phone. It’s a great way to stay in touch without any concern about whether you will come in contact with the virus.
- Set aside time to relax and reflect. Sometimes you just need some time alone to calm all of the thoughts racing through your mind. Whether you just sit in silence and reflect or do some guided meditation, this can help you keep things in perspective until we get back to some type of normalcy.
- Keep a journal. If you tend to be a worrier, why not take your concerns and put them on paper? This enables you to get them out of your body, where they can potentially do a lot of harm.
- Clean. Maybe I’m just getting old, but I find cleaning to be soothing to my soul. I think it’s because it’s physical activity that also allows me to cross items off my to-do list. Start with a closet and, if the social isolation orders continue, work your way to bigger projects, like the attic or garage.
What are some other things you do when you need a coronavirus break? Share them below so we can try them too!
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