Domestic Violence Could Result If You Don’t Manage Your Quarantine Anxiety
Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress. It is most commonly described as a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. As a result of the CovID-19 pandemic, nothing can be certain about what is to come. Americans have lost cars, jobs, and loved ones over the last few months. Losing just one of these can cause extreme levels of stress, but many Americans have lost more than one of these.
This is a new level of stress for many people and it can result in anxiety that leads to unhealthy and sometimes violent decisions. So, before you hurt yourself, or someone you care about, take time to focus on yourself and relieve some of that anxiety.
Things You Can Start Doing Now to Manage Quarantine Anxiety
According to Dr. Aarti Gupta, PsyD, the Founder and Clinical Director at TherapyNest, A Center for Anxiety and Family Therapy, one of the toughest things you have to manage is negative thoughts. Between the news, the job market, and new restrictions on every-day life negativity is almost ubiquitous. If gone unchecked, negative thoughts can spiral out of control and take your sanity with them. So, a good way to begin mitigating stress are these three simple things:
- Remember, You Are Not Stuck at Home. You Have Been Given Time to Work on Yourself
With so many places closed or not fully-reopened, it is easy to slip into the mind frame that you are stuck in your house. This isn’t the case at all. You may no longer have to commute to work, worry about a dress code, or run countless errands. Take this extra time and begin working on you by starting with projects around the house. You can upgrade a room, organize a closet, or start working on your masterpiece. You may only get to work on these personal projects a little each day, but, this daily sense of accomplishment goes a long way to manage your anxiety.
- Limit Your Exposure to News Outlets
All that extra time might have you researching more on the internet. Whether you are absorbing the latest news or pouring over medical updates, there is such a thing as too much. This kind of overexposure to a multitude of websites can result in ramped up levels of anxiety and mental fatigue. According to Dr. Gupta, make sure you are only reading credible sources and limit your time to an hour a day or two thirty-minute sessions.
- Create a Ritual
Once you have found a project to begin working on, or you are working from home, it’s also important to find a “ritual” to accompany your routine. Find a little time each day, preferably the same time each day, that you can engage in something that makes you truly happy. It can be as simple as writing your thoughts in a journal, painting, taking a walk, or calling a family member or friend every day to check-in. Giving yourself something to look forward to is a great way to keep a positive attitude.
Enjoyable and Empowering Activities to Help Forget About Quarantine Anxiety
If you are having trouble trying to figure out how to make the quarantine more interesting, here is a list of activities to get you started.
- Host a Virtual Group Chat
You will have to get everybody to use the same app, but the good ones are free. You can even play remote drinking games or board games.
- Work on Your Cooking Skills
You are already at home. Why not save a few dollars on delivery and learn to cook your favorite meal? You may not get the dish right the first time, but the internet is full of new recipes you can try.
- Practice Meditation
With social distancing comes quiet. Take that empowering sound and focus your mind with regular meditation.
- Photograph Your Adventure
Take pictures of all the hi-jinks you come up with while at home. (With maybe a few exceptions.) Chronicle your adventures and create a highlight montage for your friends and family.
- Create Art
Whether you are a painter, writer, or musician, now is the time to begin creating your masterpiece. Working on this a little each day will help you create a piece of art.
- Virtually Tour the World
There are several online resources that will take you on a virtual tour of some of the most recognized landmarks in the world. Take a walk up the Eiffel Tower, around the Great Pyramids, or boat through the Virgin Islands.
There are multiple sites dedicated to lists of hundreds of activities to help manage quarantine anxiety. No matter what you decide to do, it’s important to stay calm so things don’t take a turn for the worst.
Jesse Kalter is Available if Your Quarantine Anxiety Gets the Better of You
When anxiety gets out of control, it can lead to yelling, screaming, and possibly some kind of violence. Maybe you threw a phone, punched a wall, or made a gesture that made someone in your house scared, and as a result you might be facing domestic battery charges. You don’t have to face these charges alone. Jesse Kalter is available when you need him and is always ready to fight your freedom. He is an experienced domestic battery lawyer with a proven track record of earning his clients the best possible outcome, including countless dismissals. Jesse Kalter is available to serve Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Fallon, Fernley, Dayton, Yerington, Douglas County, and all other Northern NV rural counties.
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