The title of this article is extremely misleading and I’ll be the first to admit that. It’s misleading because I’m stressing out of my FREAKING mind. I’m sure you’re imagining me at a certain level of stress now triple that. That’s where I’m at.
My body feels horrible
I’m crying too much
My immune system is run down because of it
I’m not sleeping
My body is in protest
& I am struggling to stop it
With a lot of these problems being self-inflicted (because my anxiety can skyrocket so quickly), I figured who better than me to educate you on methods to stop/slow down your own COVID-19 madness.
1.Limit Your NEWS
The NEWS is a huge stress point for me right now. Every day there’s big bold text with death tolls and a number of infected people, and it seems as though there’s a revolving door of experts warning us and reminding us of how bad it’s going to get. I’m not saying be ignorant, I’m not saying turn yourself off to the news. I’m saying limit yourself to one style of notification and use a quantitative method to limit yourself. I find that the television, for me, can be the most stressful. Visually it’s so overstimulating, there’s people talking and text plastered all over the screen, and half of what you’re listening to is an opinion, not fact.
Your eyes glaze over and no information is retained.
I’m choosing to use online medical journals and newspapers [occassionally] to keep myself informed. The data is backed by science and a portion of the articles are written by medical professionals. Reading, as opposed to TV/video, allows me to focus on one thing at a time. I’m able to process it and move on.
I need a routine, I like a certain level of structure. While I can be very emotional I also have a very analytical mind and I like knowing what comes next. Setting up some sort of routine for yourself gives you a sense of normalcy. Structure doesn’t have to be big, it can be as simple as knowing what time you want to eat your meals and knowing generally what you want to do during the time in between, that’s not so hard. For me, a huge aspect of routine is writing things down. While knowing what I want to do is great writing it down makes it more real, it takes it from my head and makes it tangible… even if it is only on a piece of paper or digital list. And if you’re trying to be more eco-friendly consider a chalkboard in your kitchen or workspace.
I’m unsure if this applies to all skincare enthusiasts but a face mask can truly make the world’s problems go away, even for just 15 minutes. I’m not sure how, or when, or what the exact psychology is behind this but I know I’m not alone in this feeling. A face mask is like this little beacon of skincare hope. It’s a tiny bit of time that you get just for yourself, a little sliver of light. When my stress level gets high I face mask more than normal, almost every other night. A quick Dr. Roebuck before I hop in the shower, a Biore Agave mask that I can easily forget about and wear for 15 minutes, or I borrow my boyfriend’s mom’s mask as I’m living with them because my whole family is in quarantine after travel. This is one of my tried and true, tested and re-tested methods to chill me the eff out.
4. When in doubt, medication
I take medication, I’m not ashamed or embarrassed I just choose not to talk about it a lot. I choose not to talk about it a lot because I don’t want people to choose to use something simply because I do. However, sometimes when in the midst of an anxiety attack I take medication to help calm me down. Contrary to what Hollywood would have you believe you don’t take a pill and immediately get all happy and chill. It simply takes “panicky freaking” out me, and helps bring me back to “normal anxious now I can continue to live my life” me. Not a huge change but just enough that I can continue to function.
As of right now, these are the initial ways or methods I’m using. I’m still getting fresh air and walking/exercising but I’m also using the above tools.
Different strokes for different folks.
How are you keeping your stress levels down (while social-distancing)?