Being confined at home with family members or by yourself can be stressful. With limited face-to-face interactions, feelings of stress and anxiety might begin to creep in. However, it’s possible to stay relaxed even when you’re restricted to one location. Below are a few points that can help you to de-stress and minimize worry without leaving the comfort of your own home.
1. Clean your house and declutter. The sight of a disorderly house with unwashed dishes in the sink, clothes lying on the floor, and muddy footprints all over the house can dampen your mood. It’s been said that, “an unorganized home mirrors an unorganized mind.” If you have too many clothes and unnecessary items lying around the house, let this be an opportunity to get rid of them. Studies have shown that stress is linked to a stress hormone which at elevated levels can lead to depression. Endeavor to keep the home clean and organized to prevent feelings of stress and gloom.
2. Engage with friends and family over the phone. Connecting with others provides you with the opportunity to process your thoughts and can bring a smile to your face. Gretchen Rubin, a New-York based author, believes that when it comes to family communication, “frequency is more important than duration.” So keep up communication with friends and family by having frequent phone calls.
3. Write down your thoughts. Your brain is likely to store information that you have written down in your diary so don’t let those beautiful ideas fly out the window. Record your ideas and get your creative juices flowing. Journaling also helps to detox your mind and help you deal with frustrations that you might be harboring.