The outbreak of COVID-19 has created a new reality for us.
+ Working from Home
+ Temporary Unemployment
+ Financial Worries
+ Lack of Socialization
+ Fear of Contracting COVID
+ Everyday LIFE pressures
-Lack of coping skills
=WORRY & STRESS
What We Know about STRESS
As your body perceives stress, your adrenal glands make and release the hormone cortisol into your bloodstream. Often called the “stress hormone,” cortisol causes an increase in your heart rate and blood pressure.
Excessive stress can lead to anxiety and depression.
The GOOD NEWS
Let’s search for the opportunity, the silver lining, and open up to the potential for post-traumatic growth.
1.COMMUNITY – We are not alone, and are all experiencing this together. It’s the great equalizer. We humans have really figured out some amazing ways to come together, even as we are apart. ● 2. SELF-CARE – We have learned to implement radical self-acceptance. Give yourself some grace if you have it all together one day, and are all over the place emotionally the next day. When life is chaotic, we have learned to set boundaries, and increase self care. ● 3. RESILIENCE – While we cannot avoid adversity, we can practice bouncing back from it and letting it positively shape our character. We are also experiencing a much needed period of rest, and healing.
Mood, thoughts and behaviors influence one another reciprocally.
So, you can improve your mood & thoughts, by changing your behavior.
Virtually reach out to support networks, such as family, friends, colleagues and faith-based communities. Zoom, FaceTime, HouseParty, WhatsApp.
Organize a birthday parade, or neighborhood workout.
Take opportunities online or through your community to give back. Food pantries, first responders, elderly neighbors.
Support local businesses.
Have a routine. Allocate time for work, and rest.
Move your body, go for a walk, swim, hike.
Be aware of how much time you spend in front of a screen. Unfollow negative people.
Eat healthy foods.
Drink half your body weight in oz of water.
Limit alcohol and drug use. Find a stress-fighting alternative like tea, sitting outside, or reading.
Mindfulness tools like deep breathing and meditation may be helpful. Try the Calm App.
Begin a gratitude practice.
Use social media to promote positive and hopeful stories. Correct misinformation wherever you see it.
Make time for things you enjoy, like an old hobby.
Finally, take it one day at a time. The situation changes daily, so focus on the good that is today. <3