Do you feel overwhelmed? As though your mind is flooded with never ending error messages? Well, it's no wonder that many of us struggle with feelings of boredom, uneasiness, and frustration — especially right now. The American Anxiety and Depression Association stated that one of the best ways to relieve stress is through physical activity. Namely, cardio exercises such as jogging or walking. However, this way of dealing with the quarantine might not be accessible to everyone. Some people live in more crowded areas where social distancing while going on a brisk walk is not feasible. But there are other ways to manage stress levels. Alternatives include getting enough sleep (and going to bed at the right time), eating clean meals without too much junk food, laughing often, practicing at home yoga, and spending time with family. Moreover, diaphragmatic breathing or deep breathing, can trigger a response in the body that relaxes our muscles and slows down our heart rate. Remember, that during an unusual situation like this, we must make an emphasis to take care of our mental and emotional wellbeing. And that means making sure that our mind isn't flooded with error messages.
Nadzeya Fliaha (Class of 2020)