Adults and children continue to experience stress and anxiety amidst the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Although a lot of countries are trying their best to recover and live their normal lives again. But it seems inevitable for a lot of people to still feel anxiety, whether it’s the fear of getting COVID-19, not having the vaccine yet, interruptions to work and school schedules, or crowd related concerns, their normal expected response is stress.
The pandemic has extremely changed the way a lot of people must go about their day-to-day lives. There are types of stress that are normal and not related to anxiety or depression. However, you need to stay cautious since serious and ongoing stress can be a dangerous factor for mental health conditions if it continues. Thus, managing your stress levels should be a priority during this problematic and challenging time. Here are some ways you can handle and cope with stress during the coronavirus:
Set a Great Routine
It’s normal that we, as humans, don’t like unsureness and are inclined to success in routines. Routines are necessary because they make a sense of regularity and control in our lives. When we have a sense of control, it allows us to handle challenges that come our way.
Not having a routine will make us pay attention to the things that are most flashy. When huge news happens, people will focus on it more. This is why you must have a routine and try to establish one again, especially if you’re working from home.
Delay Major Life Change
It can be stressful to create huge changes in your life at any time, but this is particularly relevant at the moment. If you think you’re getting stressed or anxious already, it’s advised that you avoid or postpone events if possible. It can be a bit disappointing to cancel or postpone crucial events because of the coronavirus pandemic but make sure you maintain things in perspective and remind yourself to have positivity that things will pass and normal life will resume soon.
Do the Stuff You Love
Maybe you’re the type of person who loves to travel and enjoy weekend getaways but now some places are still in strict quarantine, so you can try to make your home feel like you’re on a vacation from time to time. There is plenty of time for you to do enjoyable activities so try to take your mind off your worries by doing this. You can try reading your favourite book, learn gardening, listen and dance to music, connect with your friends and family online, make some care packages for your friends, try to learn a new recipe, and many more.
You can even try doing something creative or learning a new craft. If you fall in love with it, you may even start your own small business from it. Having a goal that you can work with can make you busy and gain a sense of achievement when completed.
Fix and Settle Personal Clashes
A big contributor to humans’ anxiety and depression is stress in personal relationships and any problems that may be existing while everyone is being asked to stay at home. It’s important that you communicate with people and address any issues. If you and your partner are having problems, why no seek professional help from a counsellor or psychologist to work it out. It’s hard to deal with those problems in the middle of a pandemic, it can be really toxic and stressful.
Don’t Distance Yourself Too Much
One of the biggest challenges for adults and children during this pandemic is the social distancing part. Gatherings today consist of no more than 10 people. Social distancing is very important in reducing the transmission of the coronavirus in order to slow down the increase of people getting infected. This is very essential since hospitals, staffs, and resources don’t get overwhelmed.
Unfortunately, social isolation can heighten feelings of sadness and anxiety. The most vulnerable people to this are the young ones out of school, the elderly, or people who live alone. Whatever your age is, you should try interacting with friends, whether you want to text or video call them. You can even play games together online to reduce that loneliness and feeling alone.
Assess and Control Your Workload
Work is necessary for us to survive, however, keep in mind that you need to have a sustainable work-life balance, especially if it’s a work from home setup while the kids are taking school classes online due to the strict community quarantine and social distancing. If you feel that your work is escalating your stress levels, you must avoid long hours and additional tasks. Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to say no! So don’t put too much weight on your shoulders.
Have a Regular Exercise
If you need help in reducing tension and how you can relax your mind, physical exercise is the answer. So try your best to have that motivation to do some physical exercise every day, even if it’s just a simple walk with your dog around the block or jumping ropes in your backyard. There are so many amazing online workouts available that you can access that will benefit both your physical and mental health.