Confined to your home, you are bound to feel a little stir-crazy. Piled on top of that, if your home-life contains endless conflict, you can end up feeling like there is no escape. Your instinct is to flee, which is your fight or flight response (your sympathetic nervous system), as primal as the stone-cold cave. But physical escape is not an option.
Instead, you need to find ways to establish freedom from within. One way to do this is to move your body. Physical movement and deep breathing can activate your ‘rest and digest’ system (the parasympathetic nervous system), and you can start to feel freer, and more in control.
At the moment, you may not think there are many opportunities for movement, but there are more than you realise. Start with some of these free exercises, and let me know if you need more –
I know it is not a great situation to be confined at home, but I hope you get at least some relief from these suggestions.
Chris Warren-Dickins LLB MA LPC
Psychotherapist, (Licensed Professional Counselor), Northern New Jersey