Top tips on how to cope with stress and anxiety during coronavirus lockdown from a wellness guru

With the nationwide lockdown continuing now more than ever is the time to make sure that we’re all coping as best we can.

While it’s important to check in on friends, family and neighbours we must also ensure that we’re looking after ourselves too.

Wellness guru and founder of Divine Empowerment Antonia Harman says that isolation and lockdown can have very negative effects on both ones psyche and emotions.

Speaking to OK! online, she said: “It’s easy to allow negative thoughts fill your head when you have so much time to sit around and do nothing. These thoughts can then get so dense and can really weigh you down.”

Make yourself smile

Antonia says one way to cope with the lockdown is by making sure you are trying to have fun.

“Please take this time to have some fun. Laughter really can heal. One minute of anger weakens the immune system for 4-5 hours. One minute of laughter strengthens the immune system for 24 hours.

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“Watch comedies, whatever makes you chuckle. If you are in solitude, you can even have a movie night, with friends watching the same film at the same time and group messaging comments.”

Learn new hobbies

Learning new skills and trying something completely different is another tip for survival.

“This is a time to take up new hobbies, get to that book you have forgotten to finish. Learn things online.

“We never have enough hours in the day. There is never enough time to do all the things we want to. Spring clean, go through your wardrobe, drawers, cupboards and finally ditch the things you don’t need and never use.

“Clearing the house is cathartic, you feel lighter when it’s done. What have you been putting off until retirement besides travel? Can you do that now?”

Do some exercise

Exercise is of course recommended for those who are able to – and it doesn’t have to be jogging in the now crowded parks.

Antonia says: “Make use of this time and use fitness and exercise to be well. There are so many yoga and exercise videos being posted for free now. Get fit, stretch, expand.

“There are plenty of online gigs too. Live music even remotely is such a wonderful source of joy. Don’t miss out. Don’t let this virus get you down. This too shall pass my friends.”

Wellness expert Antonia is also hosting virtual events via Zoom to help teach people techniques and tips for feeling more relaxed.

Antonia said: “On Friday 29th May at 6pm UK Time I will hold an online class to make you feel healthier, happier and more relaxed.

“During the event I’ll demonstrate tip and tricks to dissolve anxiety, stress and negativity to enhance your personal wellbeing – both physically and mentally.

“I’ll also do a live demonstration of my pioneering techniques during the event. From breathing work to energy healing, this is a complete 360 wellness experience to bring out your best self!”

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