It is vitally important to manage your stress and continue to live a well and balanced lifestyle during a time like this. The coronavirus pandemic can and has already affected many around the world and hearing of this impact constantly can bring a sense of distress and uneasiness into our lives.
When it comes to managing stress and taking care of yourself, we recommend the following:
- Ensure you do your very best to stabilize your sleep.
- Don't use the crisis as an excuse to stray from your healthy lifestyle choices.
- Resist the urge to use alcohol or other substances as a stress management tool.
- Be mindful of how you spend your time and who you spend it with.Toxic people and situations are more toxic during periods of crisis.
- Limit your exposure to social media and the 24-hour news cycle. If you find the combination of the audiovisual medium too evoking, read or listen to the news.
- Be mindful of the things that you say to yourself, about yourself. Give yourself the same kind of grace you offer others. You know, so often during crisis situations we tend to focus on that which we can't control and neglect that which we can actually influence. For example, we can't personally control the national and regional infection rate, but we can control our behaviuor and how that contributes to the infection.
- We can't personally control the trends on social media in the 24-hour news cycle, but we can control how much of that we consume on a daily basis. We can't personally control what people around us say and how they treat us, but we can control what we say to ourselves about ourselves each and every day.
Although very difficult, it is important to try and avoid getting into your own mind and focusing on the negative constantly. This is a recipe for disaster and a way to avoid overthinking is through doing acts of service for others. Find unique ways to give back to your community, make masks for healthcare workers, volunteer at a soup kitchen or be productive. By doing this you'll feel less stressed out and you wont have time to overthink.
Remember that every tunnel has some light at the end of it. Find the light during covid-19.