Stress Around The Coronavirus Pandemic Can Make You Clumsier, Experts Say

Right now, there’s likely a steady hum of stress running in the background of your work-from-home routine, or your Zoom happy hours. “These are stressful, if not all-out traumatic, times,” Dr. Alexa Mieses M.D., a family physician, tells Bustle. One unexpected side effect of your coronavirus stress? You might find yourself dropping a lot of plates, bumping into your coffee table, or burning dishes you’ve cooked hundreds of times. Stress, research shows, can actually make us clumsier.

“Stress can have significant cognitive, emotional, behavioral and physiological impact on our functioning,” Dr. Joshua Klapow Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, tells Bustle. It can also make motor functioning, the brain’s control of movements and awareness of the body, go haywire.

“When our body is in a stress state, our ability to concentrate, to regulate our breathing, to regulate our blood pressure and heart rate are impacted,” Dr. Klapow says. “Our muscles tend to contract as well.” This is part of the body’s fight-or-flight reaction, a set of responses that we’ve developed over millennia to cope with threats like saber-toothed tigers. It makes our reactions faster when something dangerous happens, but it can also mean we’re over-stimulated and don’t coordinate our muscles properly. “Heightened physiological arousal and muscle tension can hinder our motor skills, making us temporarily clumsier,” Dr. Klapow says.

A woman looks outside from her apartment. Confinement due to coronavirus might be making you clumsier.
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The pressure of being in a confined space all the time may also mean we’re feeling clumsier right now. “For people like me in a tiny NYC apartment, you may not have much space; wherever you live, you may feel confined by the walls of your home,” Dr. Lori Nathanson, Ph.D., a yoga teacher and emotional intelligence researcher, tells Bustle. This confinement can alter our sense of balance and coordination, she says.

Studies show that the higher the anxiety level, the bigger the impact on motor skills. Complicated motor skills, like putting a key in a door or operating a coffee machine, are particularly affected by anxiety, but even simple movements like picking up a cup can be impacted. A study published in Journal of Neuroscience in 2011 showed why: a single dose of high emotional stress can affect the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls our coordination and movement. Even one hard conversation or bad day can make you more likely to drop a pan on your foot.

Stress is also distracting, Dr. Klapow says. An anxious brain can’t focus, and often finds it difficult to pay attention to what’s happening around it. If you’re preoccupied with something, you aren’t necessarily aware of what you’re doing with your body — and that results in, say, knocking over a coffee cup, or running into a door.

Trying your best to reduce stress can also lower your risk of knocking over your new plants. Dr. Mieses recommends a regular sleep routine, alongside physical activity, chatting with friends, and blowing off steam with something creative or rewarding like cooking. “As a yoga teacher, doing yoga poses helps me find balance and feel more graceful,” Dr. Nathanson says. “Pairing movement and breath helps me move mindfully and feel less clumsy.” Mindfulness exercises, where you pay attention to your breathing and try to center your focus, might also help you be more aware of your body — and stop bashing it against the door handle every time you go into the living room. (Ouch.)

 

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These Stars Are Having Fun With Viral Challenges in Self-Quarantine

Quarantine and chill? More like quarantine and have a little fun. In the midst of global efforts to stay home and socially distance during the coronavirus pandemic, a number of challenges have gone viral thanks to Megan Thee Stallion, Tim McGraw, Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Lopez and more.

Billboard has rounded up everything you need to know about the biggest and best challenges that stars have participated in so far.


Christina Aguilera Launches #QuarantinaAguilera

The songstress invited her fans to have some fun after noticing that some were calling her “Quarantina,” So on April 16, she tweeted: “I want to see your best #Quarantine fashion/beauty looks-inspired by some of my past looks. Bc we all deserve to feel like queens, even if we aren’t stepping out rn!”

In the accompanying video, she asks fans to “show me your best ‘Quarantina’ and create your homemade versions of these looks …” The video then flashed to some of Xtina’s most memorable outfits, including her body-baring 2002 VMAs red carpet look, the yellow and black getup for MTV’s “TRL Presents: Christina Aguilera Stripped in NYC,” her Rosie the Riveter-inspired costume from the “Candyman” video, and more.

Christina Aguilera

@xtina

I see you guys calling me Quarantina 😂 So I want to see your best #Quarantine fashion/beauty looks-inspired by some of my past looks. Bc we all deserve to feel like queens, even if we aren’t stepping out rn! Post using #QuarantinaAguilera & I’ll repost some of my faves 😆 ILY!

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Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Savage’ Challenge

To entertain herself while staying home, Megan Thee Stallion launched her viral “Savage” dance challenge March 16, and now, celebs from Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber to Normani and Janet Jackson are getting in on the fun.

The rising rapper has taken to sharing videos of famous pals and fans alike doing the choreography to her 2020 hit “Savage,” declaring the Biebers “HotGirl Hailey and Hotboy Justin” for their goofy take on the challenge. She also cheekily wrote, “so you really ain’t invite me over…wow” on the former Fifth Harmony member’s video. Meanwhile, Jackson took things a step further by posting her own version of the song using clips from throughout her illustrious career.

“All In” Challenge

Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin launched his “All In Challenge” on Tuesday (April 14), aiming to to raise money to provide food across the country amid the coronavirus crisis. He challenged his famous friends to take part, asking them to donate experiences and items for auction.

Philly native Meek Mill was quick to accept the challenge, and opted to donating his 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom. Justin Bieber offered to fly to the winner’s home and serenade them with “One Less Lonely Girl.” Robin Thicke, Timbaland, Alex Rodriguez, Miguel and more have also participated.

Meek Mill

@MeekMill

I’ve accepted the #ALLINCHALLENGE from @MichaelGRubin. Go to http://allinchallenge.com/meek-mill  to bid on my Rolls-Royce Phantom that I’m putting up to help feed the hungry and those who need it during this wild time. Also, @JHarden13 @KingJames @FloydMayweather I challenge you to be ALL IN

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Justin Bieber

@justinbieber

I’ve accepted the #ALLINCHALLENGE. Help me feed the hungry during this challenging time. Go to http://allinchallenge.com/justin-bieber  to donate for a chance to have me fly to your town and sing OLLG to you. Thanks

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Tim McGraw’s ‘Deep Cuts’ Challenge

Tim McGraw kicked off his #DeepCutsChallenge with an acoustic cover of 1987 single “Take the Long Way Home” on March 20, and challenged his country pals to perform their favorite deep cut that didn’t get enough love on country radio. Soon enough, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Luke Combs and more had delivered everything from Steve Wariner’s “What I Didn’t Do” to Hank Williams Jr.’s “The Blue Man.”

Country Artists’ ‘Demo Challenge’

Similarly, a number of country singers have been sharing original demos to their songs. Kelsea Ballerini uploaded her “Needy” demo, off her recent self-titled album, and the clip showcases the song’s sparkling harmonies. She went on to tag Jimmy Robbins, Ryan Tedder, Julia Michaels, Avenue Beat and Russell Dickerson. Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Chris Lane and Jake Owen are among the others who took part in the challenge.

Gem Fam@JMGemFam

‘Needy’ was written by @juliamichaels along side some incredible writers. It is featured on the recently released album ‘Kelsea’ by @KelseaBallerini 🤍

Available now! https://open.spotify.com/track/1pF52VPPTgPeBzOjg3PyjH?si=6gCjN3bcSZKhKs1VOwMWcw 

(Source: @ JuliaMichaels Insta story)

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Justin Bieber Nails the ‘Push-Up Challenge’

It may feel like everyone on your feed is doing the push-up challenge, but the only “See 10, Do 10” you really need to watch is Bieber’s. Donning a pair of white sweatpants and not much else, a bedheaded Biebs showed off his heavily tattooed upper body while knocking out the exercise from the comfort of his home gym.

Kate Schneider@KateASchneider1

Justin Bieber doing push-ups….that’s it

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Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg Do the ‘Kush Up’ Challenge

Inspired by the aforementioned push-up challenge taking over Instagram, Gillie Da Kid invented the #KushUpChallenge, involving doing 10 pulls of weed without letting any smoke out in between. Gillie then challenged Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg and G-Herbo to the task and a viral smoke session was born.

Diplo Does the ‘Toilet Paper’ Challenge

Not sure what to do with all the toilet paper you’ve hoarded? Diplo’s got you covered with the #ToiletPaperChallenge. Started by professional soccer stars, the challenge involves kicking a roll of toilet paper around like a soccer ball. It eventually made its way to the DJ’s Instagram page, and he got a little bit of help from some hilarious CGI TP. Diplo nominated Joe Jonas and DJ Snake, though it appears both stars have yet to keep the toilet paper rolling …

Vietnam’s ‘Ghen Cô Vy’ Challenge

Vietnam’s hand-washing challenge, set to a remix of V-pop singers Erik and Men’s hit “Ghen,” went viral earlier in March thanks to its ultra-catchy melody and coronavirus-specific lyrics. Now, the poppy track has inspired a #GhenCoVyChallenge on TikTok, with users doing handsy choreography to spread the message about the importance of combating the pandemic by washing your hands for 20 seconds.

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#ghencovychallenge #handwashingmove #coronahanddance #VuDieuRuaTay 🌏 Because more international friends are coming to this post so I will change this to English for everyone: COVID-2019 disease is spreading, affecting people and social activities. Regular handwashing is considered a simple and effective method to protect the community from diseases (according to the World Health Organization). According to research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 78% of people say they wash their hands often but only 25% actually wash their hands after going to the toilet, 20% wash their hands before cooking. To spread the habit of washing your hands to prevent this disease, I invite you to take part in the #ghencovychallenge challenge with me. Game rules: You perform the dance of the song Ghen Co Vy with 6 hand washing movements as recommended by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health, based on the music song COVID-19 prevention – Jealousy, cooperation between Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, musician Khac Hung, singer Min and singer Erik. Take this challenge or share the following epidemic prevention habits: 1. Wash your hands often with soap or an antiseptic solution. 2. Do not put hands on eyes, nose and mouth. 3. Regularly clean personal hygiene, hygiene of utensils, houses and surroundings. 4. Wear a mask to go to public places, on vehicles or when you are sick. 5. Self-awareness to improve health for themselves, the family and the community. 6. People with symptoms of COVID-19 have high fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc. or close contact with infected person / person suspected of COVID-19 and limit contact with other people and contact local health facilities. After completing the challenge, SHARE + TAG immediately 2 friends want to join this challenge. ✌ 🌐 for news reporters and press who want to use my video, please feel free to do so. 🌐 for people want to dance my choreography, please feel free to do so, it's all yours 🌐 join hands to spread this extremely useful message! 😉 #handwashdance #handwashingdance

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J. Lo and A-Rod Disagree During Eyes-Closed ‘Couples Challenge’

Sequestered together during their quarantine, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez decided to test their knowledge with a new #CouplesChallenge. Closing their eyes, the longtime loves answered a series of questions about their relationship, from “Who initiated the first kiss?” to “Who’s the funny one?” And while they disagreed on more than one answer, the famous couple sure looked adorable while deciding who’s grumpier in the morning, who’s the messy one and who’s the biggest baby when sick.

Nickelback’s #NickelbackRiffChallenge

The rockers are inviting other musicians to play a Nickelback riff in one take, no editing allowed. So far, Three Days Grace’s Matt Walst, The Word Alive‘s Tyler Smith and others have given it a try.

Nickelback

@Nickelback

We had a friend tell us about the #NickelbackRiffChallenge. Here are the rules… 🎸 Pick a Nickelback riff and play it. One take, no revisions!
🎸 Post the video as a reply to this tweet and tag a friend to challenge them to do the same. Let’s see what you got!

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Nickelback

@Nickelback

#nickelbackriffchallenge check in. Keep them coming! 🤘

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Nickelback

@Nickelback

When Matt Walst (@MattJPWalst @threedaysgrace) steps up to a challenge we drop everything and take notice. Thank you Matt. The world is is a better place with you in it and we appreciate you more than we could ever say. Who’s next? Keep them coming. 🤟🏼#nickelbackriffchallenge

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#TheMissyChallenge

Missy Elliott has been shouting-out talented fan vocalists (and some fellow artists, like Qveen Herby) who are participating in a challenge started by Instagram account @theyhavetherange. Participants must choose from fifteen songs from Elliott’s catalog (including songs she wrote or produced) and record a one-minute video of them singing.

Missy Elliott

@MissyElliott

Come on now sis!!!!! You better show us VOCAL CONTROL ok @iamkatlynnichol saaaaang!🙌🏾🔥🔥 the song is Mya “My Love is Like Whoa”🙌🏾

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Missy Elliott

@MissyElliott

Follow @theyhavetherange on ig to see some great singers saaangin🔥 this gabbysamone singing Aaliyah “I Care For You”

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Missy Elliott

@MissyElliott

Duranbernarr singing my joint “Crazy Feelings” ft Beyonce🔥

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QVEEN HERBY WEBSITE@QveenWeb

.@qveenherby just did #TheMissyChallenge on IG. @MissyElliott also commented on her post. 😯😍

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8 Zoom Hacks To Try During Your Next Work Meeting Or Virtual Happy Hour

Instead of meeting friends downtown on your way home from the office, virtual happy hours and working from your couch are quickly becoming the new, strange norm. And even if you’ve already hopped on the Zoom train, there’s always room to learn more about the conference call app. Whether you’re on the clock or just catching up with … Continue reading “8 Zoom Hacks To Try During Your Next Work Meeting Or Virtual Happy Hour”

Instead of meeting friends downtown on your way home from the office, virtual happy hours and working from your couch are quickly becoming the new, strange norm. And even if you’ve already hopped on the Zoom train, there’s always room to learn more about the conference call app. Whether you’re on the clock or just catching up with your friend group, consider testing out some of Zoom’s not so obvious hacks during your next meeting.

The spike in Zoom app downloads makes sense when you think about the statewide and citywide “shelter in place” orders encouraging people around the country to stay put unless they absolutely need to seek medical treatment or buy essentials like food and medicine. In total, over 15 states including California, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Louisiana, and New York recently initiated statewide “shelter-in-place” rules, according to a map published by Wired. And more states might join as the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Thankfully, whether you’re stuck at home or somewhere else for the time being, video chat apps make it possible to stay connected with the people who matter most. If you just downloaded Zoom, here are some of the most useful hacks to remember next time you join a work meeting or chat with family:

Hack #1: Change Your Virtual Background On Zoom

If your bedroom wall isn’t cutting it as a backdrop for work calls or you just want to make your friends laugh, Zoom gives you the option to change your background to any image you want. Go to Settings on either your desktop or mobile and then click on the Virtual Backgrounds tab. From there, you’ll see all the pre-installed backgrounds Zoom has, like the New York Skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, and even outer space. But if you’re not too fond of the options that are available, you can upload pictures of your own, from pretty landscapes to your favorite memes.

Hack #2: Use Zoom’s Annotation Tool

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When your friends find out that @zoom_us has annotations.

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If you’re a big notetaker during meetings, there’s no need to bring out the pen and paper. Zoom lets you make annotations and take notes right on your phone or even your desktop with its whiteboard feature. Just go to Settings, hit Meetings, and double check that the Annotations option is checked. Then, using your finger, a stylus, or your mouse, you can make as many notes as you’d like, either for yourself or for everyone in the meeting. Jot things down on slideshow presentations for work or draw up funny doodles to your friends in the middle of video calls.

Hack #3: Share Your Screen On Zoom

You can share your screen during Zoom meetings to provide a visual aid for other members.

If you’re giving a presentation or want to share a funny Instagram post or Tweet with your friends during a virtual happy hour, Zoom’s screen sharing feature is key. All you have to do is tap the Share Screen option at the bottom of your screen. You’ll be able to choose whether you want to share your entire computer desktop screen or just your screen when you’re on specific applications like Microsoft Word. Plus, you can pause your screen sharing so your coworkers don’t have to see you awkwardly fumble between apps.

Hack #4: Share Multiple Screens On Zoom

Multiple people within a video conference can share their screens at the same time using Zoom.

If there are multiple people trying to give a presentation or get their points across, test out Zoom’s multi screen-share feature. That way, more than one person can share their screen in a meeting — it’s perfect if you’re trying to compare documents or complement each other’s points. Just make sure that the host clicks on the arrow icon to the right of the Share Screen option (on the bottom of the screen) and turns on the “Multiple participants can share simultaneously option.”

Hack #5: Record Zoom Meetings For Later

Zoom allows you to record your meetings so you can go back to them later.
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Zoom users have the ability to record meetings to a Cloud or their computers, so that important points and discussions are always on file. Just tap the Record button at the bottom of your screen and click where you want to save the video. Afterwards, you can access the video and any others you recorded by logging into your account and going to the My Recordings page.

The only catch is that the type of account you pay for dictates how much storage you have within your Cloud. For example, a Zoom Education account (usually for educators) gives you 0.5 gb per user. If you have a free account, you have the option to upload the recordings to your computer as opposed to the Cloud.

And this isn’t just for work meetings. If you’re having a convo with friends, you could always record your hangout and then post a snippet of it to Instagram or Twitter to show everyone how much fun you can still have while social distancing.

Hack #6: Record Transcripts Of Zoom Meetings

Kane Fulton

@KaneFulton

It’s an absolute joy to read through an interview that’s been conducted over @zoom_us and transcribed by @otter_ai with pretty much flawless accuracy. Means I can conduct interviews with just my AirPods in & note down topics to search for in the transcript once it’s processed. 🙌

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Being able to record a meeting is super helpful, but sometimes having a readily-available transcript of your meetings is even better. Just go to your Account Settings, click Cloud Recording, and then hit the Recording tab. From there, go to Advanced Cloud Recording Settings, click Audio Transcript, and then Save your settings. Once you have your transcripts, you can even search them using different keywords.

Hack #7: Put Zoom’s Touch-Up Feature To Work

Stacey (Kendall) McCain@staceykendall11
Replying to @zoom_us and 2 others

I was totally joking, but thanks for being so responsive. I will have to give the smoothing filter a try😉.

Zoom

@zoom_us

Haha ok : ) Cool, check for the “touch up my appearance” setting under settings > video. Happy Zooming Stacey!

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Just rolled out of bed but don’t want anyone to know? Zoom’s Touch Up My Appearance option puts a soft focus filter on your video feed, giving you the appearance of a good night’s sleep (even if that’s not really the case). You’ll look more polished, and you won’t have to worry about wiping off any makeup once your virtual meeting is over.

Hack #8: Try Out Zoom’s Gallery View

Zoom

@zoom_us

Zoom’s Rockin’ Some Serious Green Gallery View Style

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Whether you’re on a work call or just chatting with friends, sometimes you want to be able to see everyone you’re talking to on the same screen. Well, with Zoom’s Gallery View, you can do just that. The feature lets you display up to 49 participants in one screen. Go to your Settings and then Video to open up your Video Settings options. There, you should be able to enable Gallery View. Then, all you have to do is start or join a meeting, and you’ll be able to see everyone in the video call all at once. You can also just click the little grid icon at the top right of your screen once you’re in a meeting.

 

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