Managing Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19
As the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly around the world, it’s understandable that stress and anxiety is at an all time high.
Although the country is beginning to ease the regulations on self-isolation, the new normal can be a bit overwhelming and confusing. Information changes from day to day with how to protect yourself, the symptoms and more, and that can cause a roller coaster of emotions for individuals who may have at risk family members, economic changes with unemployment, children missing graduations and monumental moments and more.
These changes can take a toll both mentally and physically. According to the CDC, here are a few steps we can take to manage stress and anxiety.
Most gyms are still closed even with social distance guidelines being lifted. Getting outside and walking, jogging, or playing outdoors with your kids is a great way to keep up your cardiovascular health. There are also exercise channels on Amazon Prime Video that you can follow along to do in-home exercise workouts.
Stress and anxiety can affect your eating habits and weight gain/loss. Have you ever noticed that you tend to gain weight or lose weight when you are under stress. The best way to fight the urges to eat out of emotion is to identify the cause of the stress, and prepare yourself to fight the urge by keeping healthy snacks handy and practicing mental practices such as meditating to control your focus.
Take A Mental Break
While you may want to stay up to date on current events, whether it’s social justice or the pandemic, it can be overwhelming mentally. It’s okay if you moderate the amount of information you take in from the media. If you are anxiety prone, balance will play a major role in keeping you leveled out. Take some time away from media to do some indoor or stress relieving activities such as crossword puzzles, board games, cleaning, or reorganization.
Get Enough Sleep
It’s important, especially in these times to be sure to get ample sleep. Maintaining proper rest can reduce stress and anxiety. If you find yourself still having trouble sleeping, try limiting your alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine intake. Adding a cup of caffeine-free green tea or a hot shower/bath to your pre-bedtime routine can also aid in better rest.
Following these steps is just the beginning to managing stress and anxiety. While these things can help keep you calm, it is not a cure for extensive cases of anxiety, depression, or any form of mental illness. Please contact a medical professional for assistance.
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others: