6 Ways To Cope With Stress During Covid-19 Pandemic
" Stress is a feeling of emotional and physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous."
There’s no doubt that the covid-19 pandemic may be stressful for everyone. This lockdown makes people unable to concentrate on their daily routine things. Adults as well as children may have experienced anxiety and stress. ‘Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you stronger’.
Why relaxing is so important
Relaxing can keep you healthy, both physically or mentally, helping you recover from everyday stresses that life throws at you. These are some stress-relieving strategies which I do when I am in such a condition:
1. Breathe it out. Breathing exercises are one of the simplest relaxation strategies and effectively calm your stressed-out body and mind. Sit or lay down in a quiet place such as on your bed or anywhere. Breathe into a slow count of three, and then breathe out to the same slow count of three.
2. Write down your thoughts. Getting things off your mind by writing them down may help you relax. I am writing a diary for as long as I could remember. One of the positive things about writing is that if something is bothering you, you can just write it down. Yes, you heard me right, when you take the time to think about it and let it out, it feels like it has been resolved. So, if something is bothering you, I would recommend you to start writing about it.
3. Count your blessings. Making a list of what you’re grateful for can help you to feel relaxed. ‘Experts say that when we are stressed, we tend to focus on the negative parts of life rather than the positive ones’. The first thing I do when I go to bed is to think about my day and focus on positive things. Then I realize that my day was good instead of focusing on the one annoying thing that happened. Try to think of three good things that happened to you today and write them down.
4. Try to do productive things. Like brush up on your skills or learn a new skill, do some short courses, watch motivational videos, start writing your personal blogs, read novels, watch tv shows or seasons to improve your language, work on your physical and mental health, and probably set your goals for next year.
5. Take a hot bath or a shower. When a tense body enters a warm bath, the hot water increases the body temperature and relaxes the muscles. Relaxing the muscles not only gives mental but also physical relaxation. A hot bath may help:
- Reduce the risk of heart attack
- Lower your blood pressure
- Protect you from illness and infection
But remember, only 20 minutes is needed and be careful not to fall asleep in the bath.
6. Talk to a friend. Talking to a friend is the best way to release your everyday stress. Friends are best listeners and always there for you whenever you needed them. Spending some time with friends and family will help you to release your stress.
In this pandemic, people tend to experience fear of getting infected with the virus, lost their jobs, unable to buy groceries for their own families, having problems in paying bills, coping with mental stress as well as financial stress.
Life is unpredictable and you never know what is coming next.
Prepare yourself for the worst days and learn strategies to deal with it.
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