COVID-19 has us feeling a mix of emotions – anxiety, stress, uncertainty. And each day, more news and updated statistics leave us feeling even more frustrated. The world has experienced multiple unfortunate events – and this pandemic is another one.
You may be working from home. You may have your children home from school. You may have a loved one who is an addict with you. You may be wrestling with how to juggle multiple family issues while still maintaining your own mental health.
Petersen Family Counseling is here for you.
While the effects of COVID-19 may impact us for a while, there are multiple strategies you can use to manage stress during this time of uncertainty.
Daily exercise – even for 10 minutes a day – is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress. Multiple gyms and exercise studios are offering free workouts on their Instagram accounts or other social media. Take advantage of these workouts. A 20 minute run or walk outside is also a great option.
Haven’t tried journaling before? It’s a great time to start. Studies show that journaling helps relieve stress and anxiety because it helps us unplug from the real world and identify gratitude.
Not all of us think we’re the best at meditation. But multiple apps, such as Headspace or Calm, can provide guided meditations for beginners. Just 5-10 minutes a day can clear your head.
4. Ask yourself questions about gratitude.
Times are tough right now – but it’s important to ask yourself these questions:
- What kind or thoughtful thing did I do today?
- What simple pleasure can you enjoy today?
- What are 3 things your arms or legs allow you to do each day?
- What beautiful thing did you see today?
- Who did you connect with today?
5. Schedule virtual interactions
Fortunately we live in a time where technology is everywhere – from smartphones to video conferencing. Schedule a time each day to virtually connect with a friend or loved one.
6. Get outside
Vitamin D from sunshine is a quick energy and mood booster.
7. Light a candle
Aromatherapy from essential oils or candles can help reduce. Consider scents such as lavender, rose, sandalwood or orange blossom.
8. Listen to soothing music
Nature sounds and instrumental music can help lower blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones.
While yoga styles differ, all of them promote a greater connectivity between the mind and body through breath awareness. Consider a yoga routine through an app or YouTube videos.
10. Deep breathing
Deep breathing exercises such as diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing and paced respiration help lower your heart rate, making you feel more peaceful.
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