Stress. It’s a normal response to situational pressures. You can experience high-stress levels from your environment, your body, and your thoughts. Right now, many are feeling mixed emotions and pressure as a result of current events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Many may fear and worry over their own health, the health of their children, parents, extended family members, and friends. Some are seeing changes in their sleep and eating patterns. How everyone responds and reacts to these types of situations varies. It’s easy to form bad habits, which is why we have a few suggestions of ways to help you reduce stress and keep your mind busy.
Meditating once or twice a day can help ease your mind, calm your thoughts, and help you achieve an emotionally calm and stable state. There are thousands of videos on YouTube and even an app called Headspace that can help get you started.
Journaling is one of the best emotional outlets and all you need is a pen and a piece of paper to get started. Write about your feelings. Write about what you did during the day. Write about your goals for the week or month. Write about your five-year plan. Freely write about anything that comes to your mind.
Enjoy a Long, Hot Bath
Nothing relieves stress quite like a bath. Dim the lights, light some scented candles, throw in some Epsom salts, play some peaceful music, and lay back and relax.
Release Your Inner Yogi
Pencil some exercise into your daily routine. Schedule some time with your mat and stretch it out. Yoga is not only great for the body, but it’s also great for the mind. Online you can find thousands of YouTube tutorials, and certain yoga studios and gyms are offering free online videos. Checkout Modo Yoga and BLiSS Ann Green Yoga to get some inspiration!
Find your creative side. Take some time for yourself and let yourself get lost in the brush strokes. Order a paint by numbers on Amazon or come up with your own design. Painting allows you to escape to a place that’s entirely your own.
Speak to a Therapist
Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a professional. Someone with a neutral perspective who is not your friend or your family member. If you’ve thought about it in the past, this could be a good time to start sessions. Thanks to technology, there are many available options like video or phone calls.
Don’t let your stress define you and your actions during this time. There are many other things that are not on this list that can help get you through this time. Remember: You are not alone in feeling this way.
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