If you’re already stressed, Coronavirus is probably making it worse.
Anxiety is something that can be managed…with the right tools.
What are some ways to cope with the stress of COVID19?
Here are 8 Tips that can help.
Time might seem to go by slowly and you only measure your day by the time between newscasts.
Do not just stay glued to the tv related to the pandemic. Lookup a new recipe and try to cook it. Get creative with what you have in the pantry. Watch an entertaining show you haven’t had the time to get into. Read. Write. Paint.
If you engage in some positive distracting activities during this crisis, then the flow of the day will move like a steady stream rather than a slow drip.
It is easy to lose track of time and stay in bed longer than usual, especially if you are not actually showing up for work because of a lockdown.
Get up anyway. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Get out of pajamas, shower, and put on your day clothes.
The brain likes routine, but if you move into a routine that is unhealthy, the brain will react and might get stuck in that stimulus environment.
Cabin fever can set in, and you cannot take a temperature to gage this type of fever. It typically shows itself by irritability.
Go for a walk in your neighborhood if weather permits. This is safe to do. The human brain needs stimulation and to see the sunlight in order to maintain a healthy circadian rhythm of the sleep-awake cycle. This also is a healthy distraction.
When you walk, take notice of some things that you might have not noticed before you had to take a pause in your usual day. See the leaves on the trees.
COVID19 is a biological virus, not a computer virus. Our phones are working.
Reach out to people; hear their voice. Use video messaging, like Skype or FaceTime. Technologic advances can allow us to maintain human contact even if we cannot physically be with our friends or family. Remind yourself you are not alone.
This can be done if you go for a nice brisk walk outside or doing yoga in your family room.
There are tons of online programs for at-home exercise. Now is a time as good as any to find an app or website you like. This will keep you not only physically health by preventing staying sedentary, it will keep you mentally healthy.
Exercise helps you sleep and helps to keep up your energy reserves.
There are dozens and dozens of memes floating around out there that take good advantage of a healthy defense mechanism, humor.
Finding the funny is perfectly normal and encouraged. It is not minimizing the severity of this pandemic as you still take the necessary precautions, but rather, it is giving your brain a break from the heaviness of the worry.
If you allow constant notifications and updates related to COVID19, you will never get a break.
As part of your schedule you will keep, only allow yourself a certain amount of time to check news sites and social media or even to discuss the current situation with others.
Don’t worry, you will stay current on vital information; you won’t miss anything. Setting this type of boundary with yourself has been proven to help minimize stress levels.
If you have school-aged children like I do, and now find yourself an unvolunteered stay-at-home parent homeschooling your child, you might actually be finding yourself wishing at times you are home alone.
Give yourself permission for “me time” but also look at this as glass half-full. You have an opportunity to make some valuable memories with your children in a time of dire straits.
Play board games, card games, charades, sing songs on Alexa together, look at old photos together.
Make lemonade together, literally and figuratively.