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Effective Ways to Reduce COVID-19 Stress at Home

Self-isolating is a great way to keep yourself and your community safe from COVID-19. This is extra important as flu season arrives. If COVID-19 and the flu both gain momentum as the weather cools, we could wind up seeing hospitals overwhelmed the way some were back in spring. It’s vital to keep trips out to a minimum in order to keep hospital resources available for those who need it.

However, self-isolation is mentally, emotionally, and physically taxing. When your social circle narrows to just your family, it’s easy to wind up at one another’s throats. Fortunately, most families can keep tensions low with some simple stress management techniques. If these aren’t effective for you, Fort Lauderdale Behavior Wellness can help you develop coping tools specific for your situation. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Avoid Boredom

As Human Events points out, you must look no further than the malaise of a rainy day to see the effect boredom can have on a person. Though strategic boredom can boost our creativity, in general we thrive on finding fulfilling sources of action and activity. This can vary from productive and creative pursuits to sheer fun and, ideally, should include a mix.

Make sure your family has plenty of boredom-busting resources around the house. For example, you could pick up some family-friendly video games for you to enjoy with your household. Remember, though, online gaming can be very frustrating (and could backfire as a result) without a reliable and robust internet connection. Great books, art supplies, DIY projects and more are other great ways to beat boredom while self-isolating.

Exercise Daily

We’ve all heard that we’re supposed to exercise for 30 minutes every day, but most of us underestimate just how important that is, especially in the midst of this pandemic. Regular exercise is an extremely effective tool for managing mood and mental wellness. Our minds and bodies need us to move, and if we neglect that we can wind up feeling depressed, tired, and generally unwell.

So commit yourself to an average of 30 minutes of exercise every day. It’s okay to move that around - for example, doing 15 minutes on a busy day and 45 minutes the next. Focus on picking a form of exercise you enjoy doing, whether that’s running, biking, yoga, or something else. The important part is to discover a joyful movement you can commit to every day.

Respect and Prioritize Alone Time

Everyone needs to spend time alone, even if you’re all together under one roof. Finding alone time can be a challenge, however, especially if you haven’t come up with a family game plan. Schedule a family meeting where you agree, together, to respect and prioritize everyone’s ability to spend time on their own. For example, The Intentional Mom recommends a daily quiet hour where everyone enjoys a quiet task or project separately. Or you could just establish a family rule that if someone says they need time to themselves, don’t bother them unless it’s an emergency.

This may seem simple, but the reality is many families - and in particular, parents - are notoriously bad at respecting one another’s privacy. It’s not necessarily intentional or malicious, simply a side effect of being comfortable and relaxed around one another. That’s why you must make an active effort to create and honor these moments of privacy, especially when getting out of the house isn’t a very good option.

Finally, if your family just can’t seem to find peace while self-isolating, remember you can always bring in professional help. Fort Lauderdale Behavior Wellness can connect you with a therapist to help you find coping tools to effectively manage the stress and anxiety of isolating at home. With the right knowledge, your family can enjoy this time together, despite the challenges.

About the Author:

Jennifer Scott is a lifelong sufferer of anxiety and depression. A single mom, she writes about the ups and downs of her mental illness on SpiritFinder.org. The blog serves as both a source of information for people with mental illness and a forum where those living with anxiety and depression can come together to discuss their experiences

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