How Beach Therapy Helps Me To Relieve Stress and Isolation
I’ve already lost count on what day of quarantine today but I think it has been almost 4 months since it started and I’m striving really hard to deal & cope up with my mental health. The coronavirus outbreak has seriously made me feel lonely, isolated, stressed, and anxious. But please do know that it’s completely okay to feel unmotivated sometimes. Don’t push yourself too hard. Trust me, I have been learning it the hard way and I know we can do this.
With all these crazy feelings mixed up, I get up everyday and do small things to help myself to relieve from stress and isolation.
So, I did the beach therapy.
Guess I’m lucky enough to live in a place with beaches nearby and easy-to-reach mountain peaks. When our province, Zamboanga del Norte has put under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), some beaches and resorts were finally allowed to operate given that the respective owners must follow proper health protocols and safety precautions.
With my siblings home and my parents are spending less time at work, we used this chance for quality time. We celebrated Mother’s Day at a private beach. It was a 30-minute road trip from home. Arrived there at around 9AM, had lunch together, and then went home at 3’o clock.
It limits my news intake.
That beach trip was a great time for me to take a break from news and social media that usually trigger my anxiety since being at home for me means “always” checking social media. Now, I am limiting myself within 2-3 reliable news sources intake a day. That should be enough to get informed. Good thing I don’t have trouble detaching myself from social media for awhile. It’s the best mental detoxifier for me.
I just laid there on the sand with my eyes closed, listening to the beach waves crashing into the shoreline, chillin’ with my favorite repeat playlist, and smelling the ocean air. It’s everything that I needed on that moment and I have never felt so relaxed this quarantine as I was that day.
There’s a really deep joy in simple moments.
When my anxieties slowly crawling deep into me as isolation drags on, I know I needed to take action to stay healthy and mentally fit. Sometimes, I hate the feeling of emptiness and lifelessness because it sucks the hell out of me. I’m never going to get used with sulking but I don’t hate it either. There are just really times when you needed to feel it to be able to move on.
Luckily, we went out for another beach trip a few weeks later to celebrate Father’s Day. Feeling the sand on my toes and hair again has made me feel at ease. It was a blissful day.
It changes my mindset.
The therapy has avoided me to think too much about the worst case scenarios on my head and I started to practice gratitude. Seeing my love ones in good health condition amidst this pandemic, having food to eat on our table and roof on our head are some of the things that I’m truly grateful for.
To some, beach vacations means another Instagram post. But for people like me who has gone through tough times and difficult phase fighting my own demons just to stay alive means ,of course another cute Instagram post and also the best therapy to lessen the possibility of getting eaten up by depression.
It has brought back my motivation to be productive.
The huge effort that you do in an 8-5 job is a couple of times effort that you need to do in a full-time freelancing career because you don’t just do all the business work, but you also take care of yourself in all aspect. You make yourself secured and always plan the coming days ahead. One day you’re productive, but there would be days when you don’t want to do nothing but slack off, and more days when it’s going to be stressful because of deadlines.
When I got home after that second beach trip, I have doubled the productivity of my work and that insanely surprised me.
I also started to take advantage of the slower pace and free time like, enjoying the small things, learning more about plants and rereading some old favorite novels. Also, I tried to workout at night just to see the difference when I do it in a day.
It gives me a sense of control and purpose.
Almost everyone is on the internet and the web is slowly taking over the world’s economy from business to education. As someone who has the means to help small business owners online, my way of support is buying from them and promoting their goods and services for free. It has given me that sense of purpose. The reason as to why I’m very passionate about what I do is really making sense to me now and it’s a good way for me to stay in control.