Coping with Stressful Times

March 20, 2020
Created by Ashley Quadros

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Living in the time of COVID-19 is scary, to put it mildlyAs things feel like they are spinning out of control (earthquake anyone?), what helps me is to focus on the things I can control. When your normal activities are being cancelled left and right, one thing you can do right now is focus on mental and physical health. Just make sure that it helps reduce your stress, not add to it.  

"One thing you can do right now is focus on mental and physical health. Just make sure it helps reduce your stress, not add to it."

My recommendation is to pick one thing that you absolutely need, and make sure you include it in your new daily or weekly routinesWhat’s most important is that it’s something that will help you feel better. The following are some ideas to get you started:

  • Have breakfast with your family. Serve it with a side of fruit.
  • Call a friend. While you’re chatting, go for a walk outside.
  • Take a nap.
  • Meditate or pray before going to bed or when you wake up.
  • Host a social distancing "Netflix Party" using the Netflix party Chrome extension.
  • Are you stress eating sugar? Try making popsicles with all that frozen fruit you bought last week. Blend 100% fruit juice with frozen fruit and pour into popsicle molds or paper dixie cups for a sweet, healthy treat.
  • Work on a puzzle.
  • Tell jokes or funny memories to make others laugh.
  • Write down positive affirmations and say them to yourself.
  • Blast your favorite songs and have your own dance party.
  • Close your eyes and take deep breaths for 20 seconds.