A Guide to Keeping Stress Low During COVID-19

Right now, everyone’s wound a little tighter than usual. For some of us, it’s simply the feeling that the world has changed, that we’ve lost things we can’t get back. Some face a looming fear of illness or concern for at-risk loved ones. And all of us sit together, facing a future that feels less clear and less predictable than ever before.

Stress is a natural reaction to this moment, and it has its pros and cons. Stress can do us good – it can guide us to make safe choices, or encourage us to support necessary change. But it can also bring us down, halt us in our tracks, and even leave us more susceptible to illness. It’s important to recognize what stress is telling us, then allow it to melt away. Here’s how to do it:

Focus On Physical Health

Mental health is often best managed through lifestyle changes:

Treat Yourself

A little something special can be the pick-me-up you need:

  • Set a fun budget you can use to treat yourself to a new outfit or favorite meal.
  • Look for coupons and online deals for sites like QVC to save money while you shop.
  • You can also treat yourself to safe outings, such as visiting a local park.

 Turn Inward

Meditation and reflection are powerful tools for reducing anxiety:

Fight the urge to let your anxiety overwhelm you. You cannot stress your way into better circumstances, and worry will not change this moment in time. Focus, instead, on finding ways to foster changes the world needs, and, in the meantime, recharge with some necessary self-care.

 

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