The secret to de-stressing while working from home

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Throughout the upcoming weeks it is important to stay healthy and look after yourself, which includes staying calm. Lucy Atcheson, a psychologist and author of Anxiety Attacks, says it best- “it is really important to ‘stay sane’ too.” As we deal with all the upcoming assignments and tackling online learning, here are some ways to keep calm and de-stress in the upcoming weeks.

 

Keep a Routine

Whilst working from home, we don’t have a strict timetable to follow that tells us which class to go to. It is up to us to manage our work and decide when it needs to be done, as well as scheduling online classes. Dr Saladino says, “A lack of structure adds to that fragile, anxious energy. Simple steps, such as waking up at the time you would wake up when going to school, getting ready and keeping good hygiene can help, if they are usually part of your routine.”

 

Writing a letter

If you have 10 minutes spare, use this time write yourself a letter, including all the good things that you are doing, and how well you are doing. Atcheson says that this “challenges the critical voice in your head and a lot of anxiety comes from not having sufficient faith in our own abilities.” However, if letter writing isn’t your cup of tea, try writing a journal instead, where you list three things that you are grateful for.

 

Unplug

It is useful to take some time away from all the social media posts. Take some time to turn off your television and log out of social media for a short time. Seeing people post about empty shelves just adds to the panic – most people are misinterpreting what that means.  Even whilst we follow our normal routine and go to school, most of us are glued to our phones, and it is important to take time away from our devices to ensure that you sleep well. Before you go to bed, let your mind calm down by not going on your phone at least 30 minutes before you go to bed.

 

Take care of your body

Although we are working from home, and several gyms have been told to close, that doesn’t mean that we should forget about exercising. Taking care of your body includes eating healthy, taking deep breaths and staying active. Several online classes are being offered on apps such as Facebook, Instagram and Zoom. Eating plenty of fruit will help us to de-stress and take care of our body. Oranges are not only a great source of potassium (which we lose through sweat) but they also are 80% water, so they hydrate and nourish our body. Grapefruits have the highest concentration of vitamin C, which is essential for the immune system and responsible for keeping our skin smooth.

 

You are not alone

It is important to remember that you are not the only ones tacking online learning – you are not alone. It is important to remember that everyone is tackling working from home.

 

Apps to help you de-stress

It is normal to feel stressed during this time, and one of the easiest ways to de-stress is through mindfulness and meditation – which can easily be done during breaks from work. There are multiple apps out there that are there to help you de-stress and encourage a calm state throughout he day.

 

Headspace

‘Headspace’ is one of the well-known meditation apps. It is easy, free, and helps you to live your life calmly, with hundreds of different meditations.

 

Relax Melodies: Sleep Sounds

‘Relax Melodies’ is an app that helps you to fall asleep in minutes, through the combination of Soothing Sounds, Bedtime Stories, Sleep Meditation and Sleep Moves. Sleep is unique to everyone, and this app allows you to create your own bedtime experience.

 

Smiling Mind

‘Smiling Mind’ is a free app that is tailored towards all different age groups, which means that both adults and children will be able to find the calming methods that suit them best. The app also features meditation that is tailored towards students and athletes.

 

Sources

https://www.elle.com.au/health-fitness/meditation-apps-23188

https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2020/03/finding-ways-to-destress-during-a-growingly-stressful-quarantined-time/

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/mar/20/the-secret-of-calm-how-to-de-stress-if-you-have-one-minute-five-minutes-or-14-days

 

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