Here are 5 simple ways for you to relieve any stress you might have during these difficult times at home, using just your mind, body, and self-interest. Hopefully, these techniques help you to increase your productivity, relationships, and overall lifestyle during your time in isolation.
1. Guided Imagery
For this method, you must envision calming scenes – views and landscapes – to allow your brain to relax and focus. This practice will help you reduce elevated levels of stress, enabling you to focus on the task at hand. The link below is a video by the John Hopkins Children’s hospital guiding you through this process.
2. Mindfulness Meditation
Meditation is beneficial for one’s mental state, helping individuals with anxiety, depression, and pain. For this technique, you must sit in a comfortable position, focus on your breathing rhythm, and bring your mind’s attention to the present. For guidance, the YouTube channel “Calm” has created multiple instructional videos, setting you up for a virtual meditation class.
3. Yoga or Tai chi
These ancient arts combine flowing movements and postures with rhythmic breathing to allow the individual to focus. To get you started, refer to the second video by “Yoga with Adrienne” below. For Tai Chi, the video below by creator Jake Mace guides you through 10 beginner moves to get you moving.
4. Repetitive Prayer
This method is appealing to those individuals who are especially devout to their religion or spirituality. Practising rhythmic breathing along with your own prayers allows you to both de-stress, clear your mind and appeal to your own religion, allowing for an overall sense of mindfulness. Linked below is a video by AskDoctorJo who walks you through this process.
5. Body Scan
This technique requires you to focus on your breathing along with muscle relaxation. It is used to treat individuals with injuries or post-surgery rehab, showing the extent of its mental benefits. Body scan increases your awareness of the mind-body connection and most importantly makes you feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Here is a 15-minute video by Piedmont Healthcare guiding you through this activity.