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March 26, 2020

Tips for Managing Stress During Covid-19 Isolation

Bears hibernate, plants go dormant and us humans, go go go. Until now, for the first time ever, we are being required to socially-distance ourselves from one another and limit our exposure to public places. It’s a new (albeit temporary) way of life, and while we all hope it won’t last long, we’ve been cookin’ up some ideas to keep stay-at-home life lively and productive.

For all the introverts out there, this may be nothing new to your normal routine. For others, you may be itchin’ for some boredom busters at this point. So here’s what we recommend to keep that cabin fever at bay: 
 
We like to move it, move it: When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, the ‘feel good’ chemical, which can help manage stress levels. There are many easy exercises that you can do right in your home, such as yoga and simple body-weight moves.

The Great Outdoors: It’s so important to get your daily dose of Vitamin D and fresh air but remember - sun damage doesn’t discriminate to world-wide pandemics, so don’t forget your sunscreen ;) 

Ommm: Different people relax in different ways, but if you feel particularly anxious you might try deep breathing and meditating, taking a warm bubble bath or baking cookies. 

Facetime Happy Hours: Did you know red wine has benefits for your skin? Packed with antioxidants, it protects the skin from aging by restoring collagen. So call up your pals and enjoy a glass (or two, we don’t judge!) together via Facetime.

News? What News? It may be hard to refrain because you want to know the latest updates on what’s happening but try to limit your consumption as much as possible. Ignorance is bliss, but to an extent. Catch your need-to-know updates, then flip the switch to Netflix.

LOL: Humor is a wonderful coping mechanism in times of crisis. Our staff love Netflix series like: New Girl, Friends, The Office & more!

Spark Joy and Marie Kondo it up (another great Netflix binge): Time to tackle that looming closet over there and play “Love it or Leave it.” Anything that hasn’t been used or worn in a year needs to go. Organizing and donating can be rewarding, while also diverting your attention from anxious thoughts.

Have a DIY Spa Day: There are many resources online where you can find some great recipes for DIY skincare. We love this one as a sugar-lickin’ good lip scrub:
Massaging this mixture on the lips will not only exfoliate dead skin cells, but will also hydrate your lips.
 
Self-isolate, but don’t self-sabotage. It’s more important than ever to take care of ourselves, mentally and physically. As always, we are here for you as a resource if you have any questions at all.

Yours in good health and happiness, 
Your English Dermatology Team