The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressful event. For many people, their life changed fundamentally, practically overnight. Additionally, job losses were widespread, schools suddenly closed, and it isn’t clear when “normal” will once again be achieved.
Finding ways to deal with the uptick in stress is a must. Otherwise, there can be short- and long-term health repercussions. If you want to know what you can do to cope, here are some healthy ways to deal with your stress during the pandemic.
Have a Plan in Case You Fall Ill
Sometimes, simply having a plan in place can provide a degree of relief. This can include having medications available to lessen your symptoms, knowing how to reach a medical professional, or being able to quickly self-isolate to protect loved ones. It may give you a sense of control. Plus, be able to take action fast if you do get sick.
Making time to unwind and practice self-care is a must. It will give you opportunities to relax and make sure your body and mind are being looked after.
Whether this involves a short daily meditation, making time for bubble baths, or anything else will depend on your needs and preferences. However, everyone should do their best to make time for quality sleep, as that is often the foundation of improved well-being.
Focus on Exercise and Nutrition
Eating right and getting enough exercise is critical for maintaining health. While it may be tempting to let this fall by the wayside during a pandemic, resist the urge. Well-balanced nutrition and physical activity help your body stay at its best, ensuring it has what it needs to thrive.
Disconnect from the News
Today, people are being bombarded with bad news. Whether it’s reporting on television or articles (or opinions) being shared on social media, repeatedly hearing that the situation is bad can be hard to bear.
If you find yourself struggling with all of the negative information, consider taking a break from television, social media, or websites that share news or opinions about the pandemic. While you don’t want to disconnect to the degree that you don’t know when rules or laws change and aren’t adequately informed about emergencies, taking a step back can be healthy.
Stay Connected to Loved Ones
Thanks to technology, staying in touch with loved ones is easier than ever before. By reaching out and having conversations with friends, family, and community members, you can limit feelings of isolation that many people are battling due to social distancing requirements and stay at home orders.
Video calls are particularly beneficial, as they allow you to hear and see the person to whom you’re speaking. However, any contact is better than none, so explore every option available and make use of them regularly.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can manage your physical, mental, and emotional well-being during the pandemic, the team at The Advance Group can help. Contact us today and see how our stress management expertise can benefit you.