Coping with stress during COVID-19.

Coping with stress during Coronavirus

As we head into week 4 of self-isolation, no doubt cabin fever will have set it and we’re all feeling well a little bit stressed. How best to deal with Stress in this situation? We’ve found some quick tips on how to best deal with the feeling of stress during the Coronavirus outbreak but also in life generally when all this is over.


Work out your triggers.

Stress triggers can be from anything, one situation that stresses one person may not be stressful for someone else. Triggers can include, exams and work deadlines, debt, illness or injury, mental health conditions such as depression, low mood and anxiety or even things like dating or public speaking.

With the triggers identified you can think about what you can do to manage those triggers better.

 

Sort out your worries.

Sort out your worries.

Take some time and divide your worries into those that you can do something about (either now or soon) and those that you have to put your hands up and realise that you can’t.

 

Get organised.

Get organised.

Make a list of jobs that you need to get through, even break big jobs down into stages. Then take on each task one at a time, and alternate between the interesting and the boring ones.

Take a look at our Failing to plan is planning to fail blog for some more tips on getting organised.

 

Be active.

Be active.

Physical activity will help you feel calmer, stronger, and better able to deal with stress, particularly emotional stresses. Try doing something you enjoy as your daily exercise; this could be from a quick jog around your local area while keeping to the social distancing rules. Or a home fitness workout (check out these free online workouts), go for a walk, learn to dance with online tutorials or spend some time gardening.

 

Take regular breaks.

Take regular breaks.

If you feel things are getting a little too much. And stress is taking over. Take a deep breath, step away and take a break from whatever is getting on top of you. If you haven’t been for your allowed daily exercise go for a quick walk or make yourself a cup of tea.

 

Think about your achievements.

Make a list of your achievements that you do that day, include everyday tasks like cooking, or even completing that Netflix boxset that you’ve been meaning to watch, and let’s face it we have plenty of time to finish them right now! With the list being updated you can read the list whenever you need a little boost.

 

Get a different perspective.

Get a different perspective.

Talk to your friends and family, digitally wherever possible. Discussing your problems with someone else can give you new ideas for dealing with your problems. Sharing your thoughts can help you feel calmer and listened to.

 

Take control.

Take control.

Just like get organised, take control by doing one task you feel you can manage. Something as simple as doing the dishes. With that complete work your way up to more difficult tasks.

But remember you can’t control everything so only attempt to take control of those tasks that you have control over. It’s also important to recognise that sometimes, all you can control is your effort and your attitude. When you put your energy into the things you can control, you’ll be much more effective.


Source: Quick tips on stress from Mind.

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