COVID, lockdown, work from home, no social contact, and isolation. All of this and more can definitely take a toll on your mental health. And the only companion that one has during this time is Netflix and their devices. Not to mention, long working hours, too, do kill the loneliness but overload you with enormous pressure that makes you feel like running away from a COVID-hit world.
Amid all this, stress levels are bound to reach an all-time high, leaving you feeling blue and without concentration.
Here are 5 easy ways to cope with stress.
Deep breathing exercise
Practicing deep breathing exercises twice a day will help you relieve stress to some extent. Whenever you feel stressed, pause your work and grab a corner. Practice deep breathing for, at least, five minutes. This will help you feel better.
Believe it or not, meditation is a great way of kicking out stress in our lives. Be it work-related stress or a personal thing that is bothering you, meditation will help bring clarity to your thoughts while also bringing your stress levels down. Moreover, it will help improve your focus and increase productivity. Start by meditating for 10 minutes every day and then increasing the time gradually.
Drawing line between work and personal life
If you are working from home, this doesn’t mean that you have to work 24*7. Draw your boundaries and make sure when you are done for the day, you completely switch off from it. This will save you from the constant stress of working and meeting deadlines. If you think this way you are increasing your productivity, the truth is you’re actually killing it and exhausting your mind.
Connecting with your loved ones is a great way of beating stress. If you aren’t able to meet them physically, do it virtually. Plan random video calls, virtual parties, or movie watching sessions. This will help you feel relieved and forget all the stress even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Watch your favorite shows
An easy and quick way of beating stress is to binge-watch your favorite shows. Watch a comedy movie so that you end up slapping your knees or watch a romantic drama that makes you feel happy. Basically, anything that teleports you in a different world for some time is good to go. A piece of advice is don’t end up watching horror or sad movies, this will further stress your mind and make you feel blue and sad.