We all experience stress at some point in our lives. This could be caused by work, home life, traffic, or even negative encounters. Stress can keep you awake at night and drain you mentally, physically, and emotionally. Symptoms of stress can even lead to higher anxiety levels and depression. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused added stress amongst many of us. You may be juggling working from home while watching your kids, wondering how you will make an income with your job being closed, or even have fears about getting the virus. You are probably asking yourself, “when will this pandemic ever end?” We all want to feel our best, but sometimes stress can hold us back, especially now. It is important to learn some helpful tips on healthily managing stress from home.
Managing Stress: Identify the Sources of Stress In Your Life
Do not overlook your thoughts, opinions, behaviors that contribute to your everyday stress levels. Starting a stress journal can be beneficial in figuring out the sources. Write down what your stress, how it made you feel, how you responded, and what you did to manage or reduce your stress.
Exercise And Get Outdoors
Exercising is important for both physical and mental health. Aim for at least 30 mins of activity daily. This may be the last thing that you feel like doing when you are stressed, but exercise will help release endorphins in your brain and make you feel better. Here are some ways you can add exercise into your daily schedule without a gym:
- At-home workouts
- Walk your dog
- Go for a bike ride
- Run or jog
- Find somewhere to get outside and hike
Make Some Time to Relax
Carving out some time to yourself during the day is an effective way to reduce stress. Sometimes we get so caught up in life that we forget to take care of ourselves. Here are some ways to relax:
- Reading a good book is a great way to relax and unwind. According to the World Literature Foundation, reading decreases heart rate lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress by up to 65%. Reading for only 6 minutes a day has been proven to calm and clear the mind.
- Do something you enjoy. Make time in your day to do something you love, whether this is cooking, playing guitar, or drawing, etc.
- Add yoga into your routine. Yoga is a great way to center your mind and body. As you move through a series of stretches and deep breathing exercises, you may find that some of your stress and anxiety is reduced.
Managing Stress Means Managing Your Time
Time management is an important skill for everyone to learn. Not effectively managing your time can leave you with too much on your plate, not enough sleep, and less social time. Try keeping a list and prioritizing all your tasks in order and checking them off as you go. Ask for help from coworkers or loved ones if you need them. Sometimes, we can’t complete projects all on our own. If you are in a time crunch and need to get a project done by a deadline, do not be afraid to ask for a hand. If you are working from home, you should try to keep the same routine as working from the office as much as possible.
Your nutrition and diet play a huge factor in your mental health. While you are quarantined at home, you may feel the urge to snack all day on unhealthy foods. Getting the proper nutrition your body needs and reducing caffeine and sugar will help you sleep better and feel more relaxed throughout the day. Avoid alcohol or drugs to mask your problems or stress. This is only a temporary fix and will do more harm than good. If you need to make a run to the grocery store, try making a list before you go of healthy foods to purchase.
Managing Stress With Harmony Bay Wellness
If you or a loved one is struggling with stress and anxiety during these times, remember that Harmony Bay Wellness is here to help. Our licensed therapist can guide you through different ways to manage your stress. Harmony Bay offers both in-person and telehealth therapy appointments. Reach out to schedule your appointment today at 855.765.6399.