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.