Recent news and social media posts have been centered around COVID-19 and the global impact this virus is having. It is crucial that we continue tending to our self-care needs during stressful circumstances. Self-care practices can promote emotional self-regulation and may help reduce anxiety.
Here are 5 ways to cope with stress during a crisis:
1. Connect With Others
• Take the time to check in with others over the phone or online. Talk with trusted people about how you are doing, including health care professionals. Serenity Now Wellness offers telepsychology services, allowing you to access health care support from home. Follow the link to book a free consultation: https://serenitynowwellness.janeapp.com/#/staff_member/41
2. Set a Time Limit on Media Consumption
• Stay informed by only tuning into one or two trusted media sources. Constantly searching for updates on COVID-19 can deplete your energy levels and lead to overwhelming feelings of worry.
3. Establish Routine
• It can be difficult to create normalcy during times of an ongoing crisis. Establishing a daily routine can help you regain control and lower stress levels. If you’ve been working from home, start off by taking the time to get dressed and eat breakfast in the morning.
4. Stay Active
• YouTube has a variety of videos that can make working out at home easier and more fun, while reducing stress. Stress produces higher cortisol levels, which is also known as the ‘stress hormone.’ High cortisol levels over a long period of time can lead to health issues, such as severe fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, high blood pressure, and headaches. Exercise can slow down cortisol production and reduce anxiety by helping our minds accept that we are not in immediate danger.
5. Participate in Activities that You Enjoy
• Do something that you enjoy. This will also help lower cortisol levels and encourage you to focus on more positive feelings. Take a walk outside, play with the leftover snow in your backyard, or make s’mores. For more ideas and activities, check out my blog on Curbing Cabin Fever!
Blog by Registered Provisional Psychologist Nadia: https://serenitynowwellness.janeapp.com/#/staff_member/41
Reference: Bezdek, K. G., & Telzer, E. H. (2017). Have no fear, the brain is here! How your brain responds to stress. Front. Young Minds, 5, 71. doi: 10.3389/frym.2017.00071