Along with maintaining external hygiene and washing your hands, I suggest you also “clean” your mind, relieve stress and increase your body's immunity.
Deviation from our normal lives, the coronavirus spread around the world, social networks and the influence on our environment are stressful for us, no matter how strong we are.
In a very interesting way, our mind and body are connected. That is why stress, mixed thoughts and panic weaken us even more, affect our immune system. In that case, what can we do to control our stress and not let it harm us?
When we feel threatened, the body begins to squeeze and prepare to fight, run away or become immobile. In this case, we have no place to fight and escape, although we try to prevent the virus from spreading. We have the only option to become still and immobile. We do not feel our body, sometimes we breathe very weakly.
What to do?
Remember what you do if you expect something bad to happen, and it does not happen ․․․ Hoo! You breathe strongly and in relief. So let's use this habit known to our body and calm both our body and mind.
Take a deep breath and exhale loudly and in relief. Do it several times until you feel freshness in your head and body.
This will help you to avoid stress. You can do this small exercise several times a day, especially when you feel the body is more compressed, or as one says, "you feel in the air."
This technique will help you to get back to the current situation, here and now. However, if you want to achieve a longer-lasting result, to achieve stress resistance, to manage stress, then the technique that I will present now will be ideal for you.
Stress resistance is an important skill today. It does not mean that a person does not have stress at all, but it does mean that the person knows which situations are stressful for him/her, s/he tries to prevent appearing in those situations. And, when s/he finds him(her)self in a stress or in a stressful situation, s/he is able to understand the cause of his/her stress, which helps to manage it.
There are a lot of causes of stress: internal conflicts, limiting beliefs, external causes - a new situation, uncertainty, uncontrollability.
For one person it is stressful when his plans are not being fulfilled, for another it is the state of out of control, for others it is stressful to have frequent communication with people, and for others it is stressful to be alone.
To understand how you can avoid or manage stress, do this little exercise right now.
1. Imagine and point out 1 stressful situation that is or has been in your life.
2. Imagine yourself in the future, when you have already overcome that stress. How do you feel? List your feelings, emotions, thoughts.
3․ Keep those feelings. Then look back at the present and point out 3 reasons why you are under stress, what are the reasons (positive and negative).
4․ For every reason, think of an inspiring, supportive message and imagine how you are sending that message to you from the future to the present, here and now.
5 ․ Return to the present, feel the inspirations and supportive messages from the future and the transformation of your inner state.
For example, if the cause of my stress is the limitation on my freedom, I can send myself the following supportive message: “Astghik, your freedom is always with you, it is inside you, in your thoughts, emotions and feelings, so no one can restrict it without your wish.”