All of us are experiencing stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 lockdown. Stress and anxiety have us finding ways to cope with the challenges we face during these unprecedented times. Stress can seem magnified when everyone around us is experiencing it to some degree or the other. Also, when you are pregnant or are a new mom. But thankfully, there are ways and means to cope with the current situation:
- Focus on the Present: This is perhaps the most important thing in keeping our anxiety levels down. All of us tend to worry about events that may happen in the future. Mental health experts believe that focusing on the present and all its positives will help the mind relax.
- Set a Routine: Even though all days feel like the same during the lockdown, it helps to create a routine that works for you. It would give you a sense of purpose.
- Exercise: Try to keep up an exercise regimen, if possible. Stepping outside for a walk can refresh you by giving you some much needed fresh air.
- Hydration: Stay hydrated at all times. Even mild dehydration can lead to increased levels of cortisol, which can make it harder to deal with everyday issues.
- Connect with Friends and Family: Stay connected with your family and friends. Modern technology makes it easy to share and care without having to physically be close to each other.
- Consume News in Moderation: Television channels and social media are full of Coronavirus news. Limit your consumption to a couple of reliable sources, if you need to. Keep away from those that spread panic and fear.
- Check With Your Doctor: Some of you may be anxious about your upcoming doctors’ appointments. Call your doctor’s office in advance and find out how they will conduct your visit and what precautions they are taking to make you feel comfortable.
- Rest & Relaxation: Many of us are still struggling to get used to living life in lockdown and are juggling so many things at the same time. But if you can manage to get even 30 minutes to yourself in a day, use it to rest and relax in ways that work for you the best. Try to read a book, listen to music, play a game, watch a show or do some craft activity.
- Practice Mindfulness: Numerous studies have shown that setting aside even 5 minutes every day to practice some deep breathing will help reduce stress and anxiety. Studies have shown that aromatherapy is especially beneficial in reducing stress in postpartum women. That is why we at Momgeni have included a natural aromatherapy bracelet as part of our jackets to promote wellness and mindfulness.
- Take All Precautions: Remember to practice social distancing rules at all times. Wash hands frequently. Stay away from people who are not from your household. Consider an online delivery service for your groceries and medication.
Here are some helpline numbers if you need to speak with a counselor:
· National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) helpline: 800-950-6264
· Disaster Distress helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs: 66745.
· Crisis Text 24/7 support: Text HELLO to 741741