So I don’t know about you, but after 35 days of social distancing my anxiety finally started to flare up. I’m usually very good about controlling anxiety in my life, I am a big fan of kickboxing and usually that keeps me in order, but lately even that is not working. With being stuck inside, figuring out how I am supposed to teach 96 seventh and eighth graders online for the rest of the year, the virus, and my upcoming wedding, my stress and anxiety level has gone through the roof. I am a very social person… I love people and hugs and getting out of the house, so this social distancing is really killing me! After a very sleepless couple of nights, I am finally starting to feel back to normal (or at least my version of it). I figured if I’m feeling it, chances are other people are feeling it too.
Dance it out
Take a minute to put on your favorite music and just be present with it. I love to dance so I put on some tunes, turned it up and just danced around the house. I looked ridiculous, but I didn’t care! It just gave me a chance to let everything go for a couple minutes and clear my head. You don’t have to dance, but take a couple minutes to really be present with the music and clear out your head.
Take a walk
Getting outside helps me almost immediately, along the same lines of dancing for a few minutes, the fresh air clears out my head. I get the dogs and go walk for a little bit. Getting out of the house, even just for a half an hour with the dogs really helps give me a break from the social distancing monotony that creeps in. I love my house, but I need a break from it! Getting out of the house for some fresh air is going to make you feel so much better!
Make your favorite meal
Even if you are stuck in the house, cooking (or baking) will take your mind off of the anxiety that’s creeping in. Making your favorite thing is just an added bonus! A favorite meal in our house is Cajun Chicken Pasta. It’s a lot of steps and a lot going on on the stove, but all the thinking took my mind off of all the craziness going on. When you have to follow steps and measure things out, your mind focuses a lot more, giving you a little break from thinking of all the scary going on right now.
Hug someone you love
This one is pretty self explanatory. Take a minute to pause with someone you love. Even though they might be driving you crazy after 35 days stuck in the house together, a hug gives you an excuse to stop what you are doing (even for just a short time) and focus on what you do have going for you.