Psychological Stress from Staying Home
EVERYTHING IS HARDER
I was speaking with a customer about the effects that Covid is having on our lives. She said, “Everything seems 30% harder right now.” and it really struck me. Yes! That's it. Everything is 30% harder right now. I'm in reaction mode. My stress and anxiety levels are off the charts. My emotions are running at full capacity so even the smallest things can really set me off.
Add to that the mess in the US right now. All the injustices to Indigenous peoples here in Canada. Our children learning from home for an undetermined amount of time. Seeing everyone else struggling. Not being about to seek comfort in a hug from my mom. And I'm spent. The psychological stress of staying home on top of everything else is undeniable.
I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm guessing you're feeling some sense of pressure, overwhelm, anxiety or uncertainty, too? Maybe life is 30% harder for you too? Or 50% harder or 90% harder? We're all in our own boats, but floating on the same turbulent sea.
Meditation has a way of helping me find calm - even if it's just for a few moments. One of my absolute favourite guided meditations is by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The Mountain Meditation reminds us to feel grounded in our essential selves. To remain present no matter the storm around us.
I've recorded this meditation and am sharing it with you in hopes that it brings you some comfort and calm. Please take a moment to remove any distractions, find a comfortable seat, press play, close your eyes and connect with your self.
If meditation isn't your thing, there are many ways to combat the feelings of stress and anxiety that comes with from staying at home during this pandemic. We're working from home. Schooling from home. Playing from home. Zooming from home. There is definitely a level of psychological stress that comes with staying home so much.
Some more of our favourite ways to reduce stress & anxiety?
- Practice yoga or movement
- Go for a walk outside
- Take a bath with epsom salts & lavender oil
- Watch a funny movie
- Lift weights (we love using our 10Lbs Sandbags)
- Read a book by your favourite author
- Turn on your favourite song and dance
- Enjoy a cup of tea while sitting by a window to observe nature
- Cut down your sugar intake because it impairs your immune system.
- Get outside, even when it is cloudy, so your body produces Vitamin D.
- Exercise regularly!
- Eat your vegetables and lots of them.
- Maintain social connections for your mental health.
- Sleep more and reduce your stress
If you have any questions or would like to share your experience, please reach out. I'm always here for you.
xo Shelley xo