Typical, somewhat predictable, days are stressful. But the magnitude and speed of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak have many of us reeling with worry and anxiety. Fear of the unknown is worse than the known.
Whether you are a home-based businessperson, teleworking from your couch, or a parent slammed with schooling your children, there are ways to help reduce the stress.
If your environment permits, get outside and let the sunlight boost your mood. Or open a window and breathe in the fresh air to change your mindset.
Exercise of any type raises endorphins, increases energy—both leading to less stress and a better frame of mind.
Turn off your phone for specific periods throughout the day. The same goes for turning off the barrage of COVID-19 news and emails. You need quiet time.
Take periodic breaks! Do something that relaxes you—bake, meditate, stretch.
Keep a journal of gratitude, which will help you focus on the positives in your life. Even if you don’t journal every day, occasionally go back and review what you’ve written to remind yourself and reinforce your affirmations.
Connect with your strongest support systems. FaceTime your friends and extended family members.
Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, remain on a schedule, and get plenty of sleep.
Ask for help if you need it. Don’t feel like you have to go it alone if your stress starts interfering with your daily tasks and life. Contact your physician.