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Healthy Strategies to Reduce Stress and Alleviate Household Tensions During COVID-19

Healthy Strategies to Reduce Stress and Alleviate Household Tensions During COVID-19

The pandemic has affected each of our lives in many different ways, and the relationships we share with our household members are no exception. Since most of us have been spending the bulk of our time at home amid COVID-19, we are surrounded by our roommates, partners, and kids more than ever before — and we haven’t had a whole lot of time or space to ourselves.

Fortunately, there are strategies to help us reduce stress and alleviate household tensions as we continue our journey through the pandemic — so read on!

Utilize Online Therapists and Therapy Apps

Stress, anxiety, depression; all of these are contributing to intense feelings, and when they become too difficult to manage, it’s time to look into therapy. Even if you’re not comfortable attending face-to-face counseling amid the pandemic, online alternatives are available. VoiceGuided Vision Work provides both phone and telehealth sessions for guided imagery work that uses either healing sessions or emotional trigger treatments.

If your emotional upheaval is on the mild end, therapy apps like Mood Kit and Twenty-Four Hours a Day are other great options — or you could relax and destress with meditation apps such as Headspace and Aura.

Alleviate Boredom with Exciting Games and Activities

When you’re spending more time at home, boredom can be challenging — and it can cause tensions to rise within your household if you’re moping around your home and not trying anything new or exciting to stimulate your mind due to the pandemic. However, it’s possible to keep boredom at bay while self-isolating at home — whether you binge watch different television shows, learn a new skill, video chat with friends, or take up online gaming.

Online multiplayer games like FIFA 20 and Red Dead Online can be a great way to connect socially and relieve stress amid COVID-19 — but you’ll need to make sure your home internet connection is able to handle the workload. Fiber optic connections are perfect for playing games online, as these connections offer faster download speeds and a smoother gaming experience overall. Plus, the extra boost will come in handy when multiple people are online.

NBC News notes playing board games can be another great activity for alleviating boredom and engaging the brain during self-isolation — especially if you’re looking for an activity to enjoy with your other household members.

Turn to Health and Fitness

If you’re looking for a way to release some of the stress, anxiety, and worry you may be experiencing as a result of the pandemic, it may be time to adopt a good health and fitness routine. Exercise, healthy eating, and nutrition can help to boost your physical, mental, and emotional health overall. By bettering yourself with a new fitness routine and healthier eating habits, you’ll alleviate stress, feed your body the nutrients it needs to stay strong and healthy, and feel happier overall.

Address Your Environment

The home is supposed to be a safe haven, a place of comfort and refuge. However, couple more time at home with a messy environment, and you have the perfect recipe for increased stress. If you find yourself overwhelmed with clutter and mess, this is the perfect opportunity to address it, and you don’t have to do it alone. A checklist and a plan for cleaning and organization can be shared among all family members (or roommates), and with some dedicated effort, your home can be organized and spotless, which goes a long way toward cutting down on negative vibes and tension.

The Bottom Line

We’re all navigating higher levels of stress right now, and for many it’s becoming more overwhelming by the day. However, healthy strategies can help to support you and your family, alleviate tensions at home, and make self-isolation far more tolerable for everyone in your household. With online counseling, new games and activities, a clean home and a good health and fitness routine to structure your days, you’ll feel happier, less stressed, and more in control of your life

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