Dealing with Stress During COVID-19

I don't think that there is a single person that is not experiencing some form of stress during the pandemic.  

Some of the signs that you may be stressed include:

- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones

- Changes in sleep or eating patterns

- Depression or anxiety

- Anger, irritability, or restlessness

- Feeling overwhelmed, unmotivated, or unfocused

- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating

- Racing thoughts or problems with your memory or concentration

- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

There are many ways to deal with stress and below is a list with some suggestions that may help:

- Realize and accept that our circumstances cannot be changed and focus on something that you can change

- Limit watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media to once a day or every other day. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting and will increase stress.

- Try to eat healthy, exercise, and meditate

- Go outside whenever you can, for a walk or just to get fresh air

- Avoid alcohol and drugs

- Find activities that you enjoy or work on new projects 

- Declutter and organize your home (closets, basement, and attic)

- Try to get plenty of sleep and keep a routine to get through the day

- Connect with others 

By keeping yourself healthy, you will be better able to handle a tough time.