It’s no surprise that during a global pandemic, stress is on the rise everywhere. Unfortunately, stress comes with a million symptoms and long-lasting effects. When our minds are stressing out, that anxiety can cause physical problems with our health including migraines, changes in weight, fatigue, and even stomach issues. And that’s just the short list! If you want to stay on top of your mental and physical health, combating your stress levels with a bit of daily self-care is the way to go. Here are a few self-care strategies for coping during a pandemic.
While we are all stuck in quarantine, creating and maintaining habits is very important. While many of us are able to make small trips outside of the home, there are still many others who spend the majority of their day inside the four walls of their home. It can be mind-numbing. It is likely that you, along with most of the world, lost track of a daily routine and habits early on in the pandemic. Being home all of the time lends itself to working in your pajamas, taking unscheduled naps, and watching way too much Netflix.
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Day after day after day of being stuck indoors with the sound of the news playing in the background is no way to live. The pandemic is overwhelming. Trying to homeschool your kids and work from home is overwhelming. Trying to stay informed when the information is changing on a daily basis is…you guessed it, overwhelming. This can turn into a downward spiral of stress, anxiety, and depression so once you feel like things are too much, break the pattern.
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Every single person on the planet is going through this giant mess of a pandemic, and everyone has opinions about how to handle it. Some are choosing to ignore it altogether, some are panicking unnecessarily, but most of us are in the middle. The most important thing to remember is that you’re going to be getting advice on how to handle your mental and physical health from all directions. Take stock of this advice and be smart about which you choose to follow.
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All of these links will take you to COVID-19 specific information.
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris
Dan brings in experts to discuss a wide range of topics. He has several weeks’ worth of podcasts dedicated to the pandemic and coping mechanisms for it.
The Happiness Lab
Yale professor, Dr. Laurie Santos has ten episodes on handling the quarantine and the pandemic that range from loneliness to helping others and yourself.
You may need to scroll a little longer through Gretchen’s collection of podcasts, but she has plenty of recent podcasts worth listening to about dealing with the pandemic stress and overwhelm.
From their website: “Headspace is meditation made simple. We'll teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.”
From their website: “Talkspace is the most convenient and affordable way to connect with a licensed therapist — all from the privacy of your device. Send your therapist text, audio, picture, and video messages at any time, and they will respond daily, 5x/week.”
From the App Store: “What's Up? is a fantastic free app utilising some of the best CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress and more! “
For even more mental health resources, check out this Radical Transformation Project list. It’s chock-full of great resources and hotlines.
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