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Don't Let COVID-19 Stress You Out

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The current health crisis has become a source of anxiety. Indeed, as you stick to safe self-isolation recommendations, you can experience increased negative emotions. The truth is that not being able to get on with your everyday life as you used to affects your wellbeing. For individuals who are prone to depressive moods and anxiety, being in quarantine can accentuate those issues.

Additionally, the news can make it hard to stay positive. With no chance of getting a vaccine any time soon and more and more pressure on healthcare services worldwide, it's impossible to remain calm in the middle of the coronavirus chaos. But stress doesn't only affect your mental health. It can also make you more vulnerable to the virus, as it weakens your immune system. In other words, you can't give the virus the upper hand by letting it stress you out. Creating a relaxing environment at home is the best way of making self-isolation work for you, both mentally and physically.
Choose your decorative weapon
Your interior decor can influence your mood. As you are now spending more time indoors, your decor becomes a priority to your wellbeing. Simple changes can go a long way in creating a cozy nest. Ideally, the perfect interior needs to meet all feel-good requirements, namely:
  • Plenty of natural light
  • Soothing and happy colors
  • A sense of spaciousness

When it comes to natural light, maximizing access to windows and the passage of light is a no-brainer. Move furniture that blocks the sunlight to create an open and friendly space. Choosing friendly colors for your walls can inject a new personality to the room. You don't need much more than a couple of paint rollers, some painter's tape, and a pot of quality color to get started. Finally, the addition of mirrors and quality lighting fixtures can add a new dimension to your interior, making it roomier.

Your mind is stronger than this
While you can't escape from stressful situations during the lockdown, you can choose how they're going to make you feel. Practising mindful meditation can help you to nourish your soul amidst the chaos of everyday life. It can take some getting used to at first if you're not familiar with meditation techniques, but you'll be surprised by the positive results you can achieve. You can even create a zen nook in your lounge with a rug and, why not, some appropriate decoration. A houseplant can set the mood, for instance!

Sing it loud and clear
Can your home become a happier place during the lockdown? Decorating your interior with your mental health in mind can help you manage your stress levels. But, a little happy boost can always come in handy. Music is a powerful ally when you want to release tensions. You can create a happiness playlist to listen to, sing along, and dance to. You'll be walking on sunshine in no time! The trick is to let go of your inhibitions and embrace your inner singer or dancer, regardless of your skills.
Ultimately, while painting walls and singing songs may not provide a cure to COVID-19, it doesn't mean it can't help you. Learning to relax in this new situation is tricky. But learn to take it a day at a time and go with the flow. Your mental health will thank you for your efforts. Being happy as you stay at home matters in the fight against the virus. So, look after your mood!

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