It has now been a two years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed millions of lives and changed the ways in which each of us relates to and navigates the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lives in many ways, including how we choose to spend our time and deal with unprecedented circumstances. It impacted virtually all aspects of our lives, with the associated lockdown restrictions affecting how we work, socialise, shop and study.
I should somehow adjusted because it’s more than two years already but there are still times that I feel so stressed. Maybe because I do work online more now than before. I go out to attend media events now because it’s done virtually now. The only time I will go out of the house if I need to restock our groceries but that’s every two to three months only.
There are many simple ways to relieve stress and anxiety. Let me share to you some ways that I usually do to relive my stress.
Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress. Exercise doesn’t mean you need to run or do extreme ones. I usually do Zumba every day for 30 minutes to one hour.
- Light a candle
Using essential oils or burning a scented candle may help reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety. Using scents to treat your mood is called aromatherapy. My favorite scent is Lavender.
- Write it down
One way to handle stress is to write things down and writing the things I’m grateful for. Gratitude may help relieve stress and anxiety by focusing your thoughts on what’s positive in your life.
- Playing online games
Most of us turn to video games to relieve stress. After a long, hard day’s work, it is incredibly appealing to pick up the controller or turn on your computer and play a few rounds of your favorite game. Also it’s more fun if you are playing with friends.
One of the website I usually play my games is www.culinaryschools.org. They offer a collection of over 100 online games you can choose from. They have kids food games to help familiarize children with food, farming, cooking, the culinary arts, the restaurant business and hospitality-related careers. They also have farming games, other fun games and holiday related games too.
My daughter and I love playing Sweety Cooking Chocolate Cake. It is a simple game which familiarizes children with the kitchen and following a recipe. It is more of a playable instructional video versus a game & is best suited for young children in first grade or below.
I also love playing Coffee Shop. It is a simulation game where you see how much money you can help Cafe Calypso earn in a month. The game includes factors like stocking ingredients, ingredient spoilage, changing drink formulas, managing drink price, and changing consumer demand based on changes in the weather.Build your reputation and increase your cashflow by optimizing your inventory and pricing while whipping up a formula consumers love.
Another game I play is The Casagrandes Mercado Mayhem. It is is a grocery store simulation game where you have to restock items and grab groceries for customers one at a time. Keep the store clean and stocked at the end of each day, ready for the next day. Server customers quickly to keep them happy.
- Spend time with family and friends
Social support from friends and family can help you get through stressful times. Since gathering still not that recommended, I’m still thankful that I have friends and family that I can talk too via text or messenger. And I have my daughter with me who is my inspiration.
Although stress and anxiety may arise in your workplace and personal life, there are many simple ways to reduce the pressure you feel. Don’t forget to be thankful and grateful to God because we are still alive and surviving.