Throughout history, there have been times of great stress and suffering. One thing is certain: adapting to change and embracing resilience are two important facets to survival during these unprecedented times.
Ways to Lower Your Stress
So, what can we do today to lower our current stress levels in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic? There are a few things you can do to help alleviate your anxiety.
- Be respectful and acknowledge how your behavior affects others. Are you creating stress for those around you? Consider your loved ones (or close contacts) when making decisions about your own actions.
People tend to feel that their way of doing something is the right, or only, way. Actually, there are many ways to tackle a problem. Listen to others’ points of view in a nonjudgmental way. It will benefit everyone.
- Be patient and aware. Most Americans do not like their liberties limited and are anxious to resume their pre-COVID activities. However, it’s important for all of our health to follow the recommendations of leading healthcare experts and be patient.
If you venture out, check out the trends in your particular area. If your area has low numbers of coronavirus, it does not mean you are totally free to do whatever you want.
- Consider the risk and the benefit of your actions. Take the time to consider your particular circumstances.
Remember—you can manage your risk by taking some simple precautions: Keep time spent with others limited. Wear a mask for close conversations, especially with those who are outside your main circle of contacts.
Of course, practice social distancing, wash your hands and quarantine if needed.
When feeling stressed, don’t try to fight the “unfairness” of the situation. This will just increase your stress and anxiety. Instead, accept and then adapt to the situation. Become resilient.
Know that change is inevitable and that nothing lasts forever. Enduring the stressful times of COVID-19 will equip us to be better prepared in the future.
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