Lockdown Guide: How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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The fears that surround the COVID-19 pandemic can take an emotional toll, especially if you're already living with an anxiety disorder. For many people, the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus is the hardest thing to handle, causing panic that leads to breathing difficulties. 


In a clinical setting, psychologists use exercise, medicine, and different kinds of therapy to treat anxiety. But if you do not have the means to connect with your (or have one in the first place) psychologist, it’s okay. There are still a lot of things you can do to ease your anxiety through this trying times.

Indulge yourself in reading 

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You may say, I know that already or I have done that already, and it doesn't help. Reading books should be enjoyed in a quite well-ventilated area in your house. Immersing yourself in the story helps you to relax and have an engaging experience with the story. Pick a book that is interesting to you, read something happy, or sparks joy in you.

Unleash the artist in you

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 Create 'do it yourself' projects; some people enjoy it; they find it entertaining and relaxing. The feeling of satisfaction when you finished the project, it gives you joy. While doing the project, your mind will be directed away from those thoughts that worry you and will be now focused on the thing you are doing. You can start small, like DIY bracelets, or make teddy bears from old socks and clothes. It's up to you!

Find time to meditate 

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 You may hate exercises and moving a lot, but yoga is proven to not only strengthen your bones, but it also helps the mind and body to relax. When doing yoga, find a quiet place in your house, or if you like, you can play soothing music. Then don't forget to breathe in and breathe out. This will calm your nerves.

Tell your stories 

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Letting it out is better than keeping it in. Talk to your friends on the phone; you can video call or message them as well. Talking about things that make you feel anxious can help ease your troubles. Just pick a friend that you can trust and not a negative person. She/He can console you and listen to everything that you have to say. But it's better if you have your therapist's phone number that you can call, if not settle with friends. 

Play with your pets 

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If you have a dog, cat, fish, or bird. Whatever you have at home that you call a pet, you should play with them, spend some time grooming them. It will take your mind off the situation. 

Be one with nature

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If you don't have plants, try planting some, it will take a while for it to grow, but you are in quarantine, so you'll have a daily task to water and tend to your garden. If you already have plants, try watering them and remove their dried leaves. Admire their beauty, admire their flowers and leaves. 

Remember, while doing these things, breathe in and breathe out. Relax, ease your mind, don't think about it. Take your time to calm down. Laugh, cry, and it's okay. Just remember that there are therapists online that you can contact if you can't handle it anymore. Reach out, and it's better than to keep it all to yourself. 

Some of these tips may not be helpful to those who are experiencing full-blown anxiety attacks, but you can prevent them from happening by breathing exercises and soothing the person. 



Text by Zelina Ramos


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