15 self-management activities you can do at home during COVID-19

Read a book insideNo doubt people feel nervous, anxious and fearful. Satisfying our basic physical needs is certainly important. Mental health and well-being are also essential, especially in emergencies. When we are stressed or anxious, cortisol levels may increase. Cortisol is the stress hormone. Much research has been done to show how increasing cortisol levels can compromise our immune system.

One of the best things we can do is try to reduce our stress and strengthen our immune system. One way is to learn to reframe your current thinking on the COVID-19 pandemic. You can empower yourself and stay mentally healthy by staying calm and not panicking. Model peace and a composed attitude for your family members and especially for your children. Your children will follow you. If you model a calm heart and mind, they may also be less anxious or fearful.

When you start to think differently about our current health crisis, you may be able to better manage your anxiety and fear. You can also create new neural pathways in your brain for better mental health and well-being. Fear activates our fight or run away response system in the tonsil of our brain. When we exercise a calm mind, we can turn off the fight or flight response, calming our central nervous system. It will also help you have more perspective, clarity and better decisions for you and your family.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that one of the best ways to stay healthy is to be socially distanced. With schools, universities and businesses taking a break for the next two weeks, it means many are at home. However, being at home is not the worst thing that can happen. Instead of focusing on the difficulties, try to focus on some of the good things.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that one of the best ways to stay healthy is to exercise social distance.

15 activities you can do at home

  1. Do a home project.
  2. Prepare your garden for spring.
  3. Spend quality time with your children. Play board games or cards.
  4. Try making cookies or a cake.
  5. Try to cook a new recipe.
  6. Watch a good movie or a frenzy on some Netflix.
  7. Dream and imagine something for your business.
  8. Do a spring cleaning.
  9. Listen to good music.
  10. Teach your dog a new tip. This is, of course, if you have a dog.
  11. Exercise. Extent. Practice yoga. Walk.
  12. Make a Recognition listing.
  13. Take a nap and catch up on your sleep.
  14. Read a good book.
  15. Try journaling.

If you’re feeling anxious, try using a diaphragm breathing. Find a comfortable and quiet place to sit or lie down. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Your breathing should be felt in the lower part of your abdomen. Place your hand on your abdomen. You should see your hand go up and down as you breathe. Try this type of breathing for at least 5 minutes to calm your body. You may want to practice this several times a day.

Taking a break from the news or social media can be a good idea. It is certainly wise to keep abreast of the latest news; however, for some, an excess can increase the level of anxiety. Be wise about how much you absorb. Remember that for most of us, everything will be fine. Our responsibility is to take prudent measures, such as social distance and hand washing, so as not to spread the virus.

Remember to try to stay calm. Keep a good perspective. We will go through this crisis. Use good decision-making, follow CDC guidelines and be responsible for your part.

© Copyright 2020 All rights reserved. Authorization to publish granted by Angela Bisignano, PhD, therapist at Palos Verdes Peninsula, California

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