1. Make Self-Care Your Priority
Taking a break from endless shopping, partying, and entertaining friends and family doesn’t have to be depressing. Use this time to relax and do things you enjoy.
Start your days with a mindfulness exercise. Both science and practice have proven the benefits of meditation and relaxation. Techniques such as mindfulness, deep breathing, guided imagery, or yoga can help you relax, feel calm, and deal with stress, anxiety, and loneliness.
Mindfulness meditation can help you become aware of your negative thoughts that trigger profound loneliness and isolation. The practice of being present in the moment can help you acknowledge such thoughts and then calmly let them go.
Besides, mindfulness practice has the power to boost your optimism and raise resilience by reducing the activity in the amygdala, part of the brain responsible for stress responses. So, reducing the amygdala’s activity, mindfulness decreases the levels of stress and anxiety.
Stick to healthy sleep habits. Restful sleep can strengthen your immune system, reduce anxiety and depression, and boost your resilience.
Exercise regularly. Physical activity stimulates the production of the powerful neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and endorphins), also known as natural pain relievers or ‘hormones of happiness.’ These neurotransmitters generate new cells and connections in our brain, similarly to what antidepressant medicament therapy does.
Eat healthily. Studies show that a Mediterranean-style diet that involves fish, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and olive oil promotes physical and mental well-being.
Connect with nature. If you are not strictly ordered to stay at home, spend time outdoors whenever you can, respecting social distancing rules. Even if it is spending time on your balcony, connecting with nature can help you relax and reduce anxiety and loneliness.