The coronavirus lockdown followed by the widespread of the infection has proved to be stressful for people. The fear of the new disease can be overwhelming resulting in stress and anxiety.
Anxiety is a typical human reaction to stress. But too much anxiety can get in the way of living a healthy, happy life.
The COVID-19 outbreak has changed the lives of people. The new normal would take time to be normal. For many people, the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus is the hardest thing to handle. When anxiety interferes with daily life, it may be time to take action.
Here are some exercises to reduce anxiety and calm your mind:
Square breathing helps regulate the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide in our bodies, which can often be out of balance when anxiety is at play. Square breathing involves breathing in, holding the breath, exhaling and holding it again all for four counts apiece. This anxiety relief exercise promotes relaxation and leads to clearer thoughts, helping to reset emotional peaks.
In a 2006 review published in the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, researchers found evidence that exercise can work in a similar way to antidepressants, alleviating major depressive disorder by promoting the growth of new neurons in the brain.
By relieving the stress in your muscles, you can usually reduce your anxiety levels. Sit in a quiet and comfortable place. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Breathe slowly into your nose and out of your mouth. Use your hand to make a tight fist. Squeeze your fist tightly. Hold your squeezed fist for a few seconds. Notice all the tension you feel in your hand.
Mindfulness can be practiced anywhere and applied to any activity. By observing things in real-time and being aware, we can calm the part of the logical mind fixated on what comes next. This helps us appreciate things more and reduces stress and worry.