As Singaporeans, we already familiar with the term “Circuit Breaker”. If you still don’t familiar with it, let us remind you. Circuit Breaker is an elevated set of safe distancing measures implemented by the authorities to minimise the further spread of the Covid-19 virus. These measurements will significantly reduce movements and interactions, or in other words, we can say that the nation is on partial lockdown.
This kind of situation can lead us to stress and anxiety because of the uncertain times. With the stress and anxiety that come with this rapid outbreak that is sweeping the globe, social isolation causes an emotional toll on us. We understand how you feel as we all in the same situation together. To help you steer through this stressful time, let us share some tips on how to relieve your stress and anxiety during Circuit Break.
SET UP A DAILY ROUTINE
First of all, plan and uphold a daily routine and create a well-being plan for the days and weeks. Having a structured plan for each day with clear boundaries between your working and private life will give you a sense of control amid the uncertainty. Keep in mind not to pack your list with an overwhelming amount of tasks as we aim to keep ourselves busy and not add on stress to ourselves.
Keeping ourselves busy is an excellent coping mechanism that stops us from feeding on negative emotions. As you tick off the tasks, it gives you a sense of achievement and control amid the storm.
Physical activity can do wonders for our mental health, especially if we feeling stressed. Working out is not just about sweating and losing weight as we exercise daily. It helps us sleep better at night, improving our mood and enabling us to concentrate better while carrying out our daily tasks. If you have trouble focusing while working from home, one of the reasons might be a lack of exercise. You can read our post about what kind of exercise that you can do at home.
CONTROL YOUR BREATHING
When we feel stress or anxiety, our body goes into the fight or flight response. This state aims to help us respond to a dangerous situation. Therefore control our breathing is vital to reverse this process. By slowing down our breathing and regulating oxygen intake, you can calm down your stress levels. Experts recommend controlling breathing every day for 3-5 minutes.
EAT HEALTHY FOOD
Stress level and a proper diet are closely related. The research found that young adults under the age of 30 who ate fast food more than three times a week scored higher on levels of mental distress. Apart from keeping to your fitness routine, your diet plays a crucial role in maintaining your mental health.
Try to avoid sugary snacks. Fruits and vegetables are always good. Fish with Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the symptoms of stress. A tuna sandwich is good for our brain.