How to De-stress Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Remaining stress-free during the coronavirus pandemic may feel close to impossible. With the continuous  spread of Covid-19 many of us are adjusting to this new norm of social distancing, wearing face masks, staying at home all day with our children, and in the process of it all we are experiencing heightened levels of anxiety, Depression and OCD.   

With all of us trying to figure out where to put our energy since our daily routines have been disrupted, and working long hours from home , it is easy to get carried away with the media, and become forgetful of our health. So, while it may feel impossible to break away from stress it is not. I have rounded up a few tips that can help to stay grounded while remaining at home.

KEEPING HEALTHY

Maintain a healthy diet. Make sure you’re consuming enough water throughout the day and eating properly to keep your body running and your immune system working well. Additionally, get plenty of exercise in. Whether that consists of going for a 60 minute walk or working out in your back yard and improvising with any items you may have laying around. Set timers on electronics for your kids so they can learn to take a breather and get some fresh air. Go on a bike ride around the neighborhood. Set up obstacle courses or hopscotch as a way to get them moving. Consistency is key to a healthy body and healthy mind right now. Set goals for yourself and your kids each day, it could be something as simple as creating fun, new, healthy recipes while remaining at home.  Use this time as a way to experiment some healthy meals that you and your kids will enjoy and include them in on the fun. 

KEEP A BALANCE

Every parent is going to feel overwhelmed at some point throughout this period and it is perfectly okay to take a break and take an hour for yourself. Read a book, meditate, take a hot shower, drink tea and don’t go crazy with leaving the news on all day long. Find the balance of exposure that is fit for you. Do a quick check in to see what’s going on in the morning and then again once at night. But throughout the day try and maintain a positive mindset. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and listening to your bodies because remember kids will pick up your habits so create healthy ones so they can follow along. Becoming stressed and overwhelmed and not knowing how to cope with your emotions, will not do you or your children any justice and that’s where binge eating comes into play.

On the other hand, Make sure your kids also have a balance with school work, getting outside for fresh air, eating properly, limiting electronics and getting to bed on time. Our brain and bodies function on routines better because, it helps give our brain some guidance as to what it needs to accomplish through out the day before it can unwind. So just as if you were leaving for work each day and your kids were going to school treat it no different. Limit how much of the news your children watch with you as well. While it is good for them to be informed of what is occurring try not to over due it as they are still growing and maturing and you don’t want to overwhelm them with panic and anxiety. Lastly, your kids probably miss their friends in school and want to socialize. Don’t discourage them from that. Allow them 20-30 min of face-timing with their friends so they don’t feel like they are in complete isolation because then they will turn to food and other bad habits to relieve their fears, anxiety and depression. 


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