Yes, there are still many things to stress over even though we’re in phase 2. Learn to calm down with these tips.
Take ample breaks, don’t feel guilty for wanting to rest
If you find your eyes straining to focus on your computer screen, it’s time to take a short break. Meeting deadlines aren’t everything, so don’t let those glare-induced migraines become a norm. Getting used to a throbbing headache isn’t going to help with your productivity and mental health. In fact, you may actually be suffering from photophobia (an enhanced sensitivity to light).
Don’t spend too much time on social media
With so many social movements spreading rapidly across social media this month, there’s been a sudden influx of violence, anger and arguments on the net. While it’s always important to keep yourself well-read and notified of current issues, spending too much time scrolling through a feed filled with disturbing images can affect your mental health.
Spend time away from social media. You shouldn’t have to prove your solidarity on social media 24/7, because that only generates more stress. Do what you can to spread awareness, without being a negative influence, by using informative words and reading carefully.
Talk to your friends and family if you’re feeling anxious or worried
Always remember that you have people around you who are willing to listen. Now’s not the time to be shutting yourself away from help. You’re spending more time at home with people you love, and that’s already a privilege.
Consult a counselor or psychiatrist if you’re still uneasy and cannot pinpoint the root source of your anxiety
Seek professional help when things get really rough. Going to a shrink can help resolve some bottled-up emotions and clear your head.
Spread out your focus – don’t just work all day, spend some time on your hobbies too
A version of this article first appeared on www.herworld.com.