Thursday, September 16, 2021

Feeling Anxious? Here are 5 Ways To Ease Anxiety When You're Stuck at Home

Living with anxiety is an everyday battle where some days are better than others. When you spend a lot of time at home, whether you have a stay-at-home job, don't have a vehicle or are too ill to leave the house, it can be difficult to manage your anxiety alone. Here are five ways to help you feel better without having to go anywhere. 

1. Virtual Counseling

One of the best ways to manage anxiety is to get professional help. Not only does this give you someone to talk to, but their knowledgeable background can teach you new ways to manage your anxiety. Online therapy is available to you in the comfort of your home, so you can benefit from this service at a time that works best for your schedule. A great advantage to virtual counseling is that you can still stay in touch with your therapist if you move to a new location. 

2. Exercise

While speaking with a therapist is a great place to start, changing your daily routine to include exercise is another way to manage anxiety. Getting your heart pumping with a high-intensity cardio workout increases the hormones domain and serotonin in your body. These two chemicals naturally help you feel happy and upbeat while improving your sleep cycle and appetite. A higher level of these hormones helps you control the feeling of anxiety. 

3. Aromatherapy

Considering you spend a lot of time in your home, making it smell nice and comforting is another way to help you feel less anxious. The sense of smell is closely connected to your emotions, and choosing the right scent can boost your mood.  There are many options to choose from, such as burning a scented candle, using an oil diffuser, or boiling water with oranges and cinnamon. Though lavender and citrus scents are popular for decreasing anxiety, choose the smells you like the most as that is what increases your feelings of peace and contentment. 

4. Laugh

Another way to decrease anxiety while sitting at home is by watching your television, streaming a show on your phone or listening to your favorite comedy show. Finding a program that makes you laugh is an easy way to improve your mood. Laughing increases the amount of oxygen in your body, releases mood-boosting hormones and helps your muscles relax, which are all ways to help lessen the effects of anxiety. If you can invite some friends over, too, it makes this time even more beneficial. 

5. Journaling

Sometimes the easiest way to cope with anxiety is to write down the feelings as you experience them. Not only is this a great resource to use in the future with your therapist, but it gets the feelings out in the open. You can make your journal as creative as you like, and drawing and other forms of artistic expression can improve your mood too. 

You don't have to suffer from the effects of anxiety alone. Even when you're at home, please talk to a professional online, get exercise each day, try aromatherapy, laugh at silly things and write it all down to help you feel better. 


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