COVID-19 and How to Cope
The COVID-19 outbreak has been causing a lot of stress for everyone! The uncertainty of how this will impact our physical, mental and fiscal health can be extremely anxiety provoking. Here are some tips to make sure you do not let this crisis consume you and your thoughts.
Everyone reacts to stressful situations differently. Some people experience difficulty sleeping, change in eating patterns, worsening of chronic health problems, mood changes and increased use of alcohol, tobacco and other substances can all occur due to an increase in stress such as during a pandemic.
What can we do to ensure we are practicing self- care and managing this stressful period in life?
Be well-informed not over-informed:
Being over-informed and focusing all of your attention and energy on COVID-19 can potentially increase your anxiety levels causing more stress. Try not to consume your daily living with watching the news, reading articles or talking about it.
Instead you can: play a game with your housemates, read a book, color, listen to music or take a walk outside to redirect your attention.
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Make time to unwind:
During times of uncertainty, taking time for yourself to refocus and regroup can help change your mentality and your outlook on difficult situations.
Instead you can: MOVE your body, get plenty of sleep, eat as healthfully as possible, meditate or practice deep-breathing to ensure you are taking care of yourself mentally, physically and emotionally.
Connect with others:
Internalizing your feelings and concerns can put stress on the mind and the body, creating psychological distress and symptoms.
Instead you can: Talk to those in your life who you trust such as a family member, friend, therapist or counselor about your concerns and how you are feeling.
As always, if you want someone to talk to reach out to us at www.excelyouth.com! WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. We are here to help you!
You can visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html for more information on how to manage anxiety and stress during COVID-19.