Tips to stay calm during these self quarantine days

by - 3/25/2020

And we thought 2020 would be the best year ever. Well it's definitely not. But we can surely prevent it from being the worst of our lifetime. We all, all the citizens of this world are are in a difficult situation right now. The future is certainly uncertain as we don't know when all this is going to stop. However one thing we have to take care of particularly is our and our loved ones' health. While it's best to stay confined within our own homes, many of us find it difficult to stay calm. But stress is a major immunity depleter and that would be the last desirable thing. So here I am summing up a few important points for a calmer and healthier life at home.

1. Wake up at a fixed time everyday, preferably at the same time when you wake up during office days. Working from home is difficult; especially when you have a big family/kids at home. Don't make it a habit to continue working till late night to finish those deadlines only to wake up at an erratic hour the next day. Our body has a Circadian rhythm which functions best when we stick to a schedule. Try to wake up early in the morning, irrespective of weekday or weekend. Get up, take a shower, get dressed. Make up and perfume also help.

2. Go to bed at a fixed time, do not stay up late: Just because you can work from the comfort of your bed the next day, does not mean you can stay up all night netflixing. Sleep is one of the biggest immunity boosters. People deprived of sleep fall sick very often and during these stressful times sleep is a mandate. However given the hostile environment right now with thousands of weird thoughts crossing our minds, we may find it difficult to get a sound sleep. Here are a few tips to do so.

a. Take a warm bath before bedtime. This practice is highly effective.
b. Switch off screens 3 hours before bedtime. Our brains find it difficult to switch off from all the current feed so three hours prior is the minimum downtime. Screens include television too.
c. Apply drops of essential oils on both sides of your pillow. This has has been scientifically proven to calm our senses.
d. Read a book before sleep or listen to soothing music.
e. Practise meditating before bedtime or listen to guided meditations.
f. Do not take caffeine or alcohol after 5 PM. You can take jasmine/chamomile tea before bedtime.
g. Light a soothing candle or an essential oil diffuser. That calms the senses.
h. Take Nature Sure Somni before sleep.
Nature Sure Somni calms our mind, relieves stress and hence help induce sound sleep. It's an Ayurvedic medicine made from completely natural ingredients. 

What is Nature Sure Somni made of?
It is made of Brahmi, Shankhpushpi, Vatch, Kali Mirch, Khurasin ajwain, Amla (Indian gooseberry) and Piper longum (peepli). In short all the ingredients that has a soothing effect on our minds.
These are rare herbs that are traditionally known to help manage sleep disorders, fatigue, nervous debility and stress.

How to take?
Take one or two tablets with water before going to sleep or as advised by the physician.

Pregnant and lactating mothers should consult their physician before intake.
Do not take Somni upto three hours of any major activity like driving and swimming; to be on the safer side.

What does Somni do?
It induces a sense of relaxation and calmness.
It helps alleviate mental stress.
It removes fatigue and nervouse debilty.
It helps in getting a sound sleep.

Nature Sure Somni is priced at 780 INR for a bottle of 90 tablets.

With sleep being the major relaxant, a good night's snooze is all what we need in these uncertain times.

3. Take a nutritious, wholesome diet: Apart from the fact that a nutritious diet would help boost immunity and fight against Corona virus, it's very important for our mental health too. It's easy to fall in a slump and gorge on chips and biscuits but this practice would increase the intake of empty calories and lead to weight gain. Fresh fruits and vegetables keep our mind calm apart from good skin and hair. Drink loads of water, at least 3 litres a day. Don't forget to take your multivitamins. Develop a habit of eating a carrot everyday. It's the best immunity booster. PS Research has found Vitamin D to be effective against COVID 19.

4. Workout at home: We need to keep our bodies moving for two reasons: Firstly switching to a sedentary life suddenly (we are working from home or homebound) poses a threat to our bodies. Secondly workout releases endorphins or feel good hormones which are indispensable during this stressful times. Good metabolism would be an added benefit.
5. Stay away from too much News: It's important to be in the loop to know what's going on in this world but too much News can induce negativity and spoil mental peace. Designate an hour to know about the current affairs and watch something positive for the rest of the day.

I could go on and on about the various things that are tried and tested and I am practising to alleviate my anxiety. Meditate, listen to soothing music, take this time to deep clean the house, give more time to your kids, cook your favourite meal, pick up a new hobby, read as much as you can, stitch, weave, craft a new DIY etc etc. I know it's easier said than done. But we have to remain positive. Remember Shakespeare wrote King Lear when he was in quarantine.

Stay positive. This too shall pass!

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  1. Honestly, 2 of 5 I am following, but my routines are vastly affected cz of self isolation and news is something that's always on at my home. Someone or the other is always watching it.

  2. These are very nice tips to follow in these days of crisis. I am sure this will help a kot of us.

  3. Honestly speaking, I was going mad because of boredom... Will definitely follow these tips! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Routine is slightly messed because of no domesy help and you have extra things to take care of

  5. In this situation of uncertainty, your tips are really going to be help. we all need to stay calm and spend quality time with family.

    -Ujjwal Mishra

  6. I'm using this time to rebond with the family. Treating it like a blessing in disguise ☺️