Stir crazy. Cabin fever. Climbing the walls. Many of us are feeling this with our new schedules keeping us at home much more. It was inevitable that we all would start to feel a little claustrophobic. Continuing to try and remain present will help with fighting off these feelings. We have found some ways to help fend off some of those stir crazy feelings.
Maintain a Routine
You can start as small as you need to with this and work your way up into a full routine, but choose two or three tasks you can do at the same time each day. Having a routine helps us feel a bit more balanced and in control of our environment.
Whether you are writing, drawing, painting, or knitting, it is important to take time to let yourself express how you are feeling. This will also allow you to have a "log" of sorts so that you can look back and see how you were able to carve out time for yourself during this challenging time.
Keep Your Body Moving
Just because we are inside, does not mean we have to stop moving. Dance around your kitchen to your favorite songs, do an online yoga class or take some time to just stretch. Continuing to move helps keep our brain alert and healthy.
Take a Break From the News
We are all being bombarded by news everyday, and trying to keep up with all of it can lead to anxiety. Give yourself a break news stories every so often to help keep yourself sane and more balanced.
Stay in Touch
Now is a very important time to make sure you are staying in touch with friends and loved ones. Whether you are calling, writing a letter or FaceTiming, we all need to stay in contact with those we love so that we all feel supported.
From everyone on our teams at Charleston Counseling Center and Myrtle Beach Counseling Center, we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times.