Find your happy place
Besides impacting your body, your brain is probably having a tough time too. It’s not just the absence of friends, family and colleagues that can leave you on a downer, the loss of those regular contact points through your day will cause an impact – your barista, postman, PT – anyone that you deal with on a regular basis. That’s why it’s crucial to keep the conversations going and stay connected with others. Phone and video calls are best as they give you visual checkpoints, explains psychologist Suzy Reading.
Meditation, mindfulness and breathwork are other ways to anchor you during those highs and lows. Just by tapping in to how you breathe you can reset the nervous system and relieve feelings of anxiety. How? Because the slowing down of breath changes the blood chemistry which affects brain function. If you’ve never tried it, inhale for four counts, hold for four, then release for four. With time you’ll be able to progress to six counts then eight – the deeper the breaths, the more zen you’ll feel.
Touch is another soul-soother. “It doesn’t have to be someone else touching you – things like focusing on facial acupressure points or just tenderly rubbing in body lotion will still release oxytocin,” explains Reading. Also known as the love or cuddle hormone, it’s a quick way to feel comforted and connected when things are getting on top of you.