Social distancing means staying home as much as you can. You probably didn’t think that it was possible to feel claustrophobic inside your own space. But the reality is that most of us will be desperately seeking more space, at home.
Perhaps you are living alone in your student digz and you are simply feeling overwhelmed by the loneliness and the frustration of being stuck inside four walls. Or maybe you are at home with your family and everyone is starting to get on each other’s nerves. Here are a few helpful solutions and coping strategies to put into practice.
Get some fresh air
If you are lucky enough to have your own garden or balconies, it is recommended to spend as much time as you can outside in the sunshine and the fresh air. Did you know that the sun is a natural anti-depressant? It is responsible for stimulating the brain to release more serotonin, which is the chemical necessary for regulating your mood. If you don’t have access to a garden, you can still benefit by opening a window for a refreshing breeze and finding a sunny spot in which to sit inside.
Boost your positivity
Do what you need to do in order to readjust your mindset and start thinking positively again. This could mean settling down to your favourite feel-good movie, or video chatting with friends and relatives. You could also whip up something special and comforting in the kitchen.
Keep your mind occupied
A lack of space inside your own home is caused by mental stress and frustration. Gain better control over it by doing your best to keep your mind occupied with other activities. Reading a book is always a great idea, as is downloading a free adult colouring in app on your phone. There are many studies that demonstrate that colouring in is therapeutic for kids and adults alike. Try it and see for yourself!
Chat to your housemates or relatives
Don’t let the annoyance build up to a point where you lose it and snap at someone. It is far better to sit down and chat about your feelings openly and honestly together. In doing so, it is also more likely that you will manage to brainstorm some solutions that will significantly improve the situation.
Breathe! Life won’t always be this complicated. Remember to reach out to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group if ever your anxiety and claustrophobia becomes too much. You can contact them on 0800 20 50 26.