COVID-19 has impacted every single person in one way or another.
Whether you or a loved one have suffered from the virus or have lost their job or business; whether you are a frontline worker or have been quarantined at home; this is a stressful situation for all included.
That is why it is more important than ever before to ensure you are properly managing stress during COVID-19. Here are some COVID-19 Tips for Managing Stress:
Why You Should Manage Stress
Fear and anxiety about this disease and the current circumstances can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Everyone reacts differently to these stressors.
Some people may have difficulty sleeping or concentrating, while others may increase their use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. Others may notice an increase in their fear and anxiety over the safety of their loved ones.
Those at higher risk of stress during this time include:
- Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for severe illness
- Children and teens
- People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, such as doctors, other health care providers, and first responders
- Frontline workers including grocery store employees, truck drivers, and more
- Those with mental health conditions including problems with substance use
While all of these reactions are normal, it is important to best manage and reduce stress in order to avoid adverse effects in your physical and mental well-being.
Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
Ways To Cope With Stress
Understanding the risk to yourself and people you care about can make the outbreak less stressful. When you share accurate information about COVID-19, you can help make people feel less stressed, make a connection with them, and help stop the stigma.
Coping with stress can be difficult for some, but with these COVID-19 tips, you will reduce your stress levels in no time:
Take A Break
It is important to take occasional breaks from whatever it is you are doing, whether that is working, reading, watching the news, or going on social media. By continuously occupying yourself with the pandemic, you will only increase your stress levels and adversely affect your health.
Take Care Of Your Body
It is essential to try and remain active while stuck inside during quarantine. Make an effort to take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate often. Be sure to exercise regularly; going for a walk around the neighborhood could be an excellent activity for you and your loved ones.
Eating a regular, well-balanced diet will help you feel a whole lot better and may also help control your moods. Your meals should be full of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean protein for energy. These foods will help you feel better and reduce stress.
Avoid Alcohol and Drugs
As tempting as it may be to drink away your stress or anxiety or boredom, it is very important to not abuse drugs or alcohol. Abusing alcohol and drugs can lead to negative health effects and could cause even more strain and stress on you and your loved ones.
Make Time To Unwind
Do some activities that you love or try picking up a new hobby. Don’t forget to set aside time for rest and relaxation to relieve your stress. Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep.
Accept The Circumstances
Some things are simply out of your control. And that’s ok. It is impossible to control everything in your life. By accepting that things are out of your control, you can stop thinking negatively and start doing the things that you love. Fun and laughter go a long way towards making you feel relaxed.
Connect With Others
Set aside time to connect with others and discuss your problems, challenges, and wins. By talking with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling, you can relieve your stress and grow stronger in your bonds and relationships.
Take Care Of Your Mental Health
This can be a difficult time for many people. Please call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. For people with preexisting mental health conditions, be sure to continue with your current treatment, and be aware of new or worsening symptoms.
Helping Kids Cope
Children and teens may react differently in these situations and it is important to be aware of the signs they may be struggling with mental health.
When parents and caregivers deal with COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children.
Parents can be more reassuring to others around them if they are better prepared.
Be sure to talk with your child or teen about the situation.
Answer any questions they may have and try to be as truthful as possible.
Reassure them to let them know that they will be safe and that it is ok to feel upset.
Limit your family’s exposure to the news coverage, including social media, and be sure to stick to a regular routine so it feels as normal as possible for them.
Here To Help
If you or your loved ones are struggling during this time, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is here to help.
Our doctors, nurses, and staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that every patient gets the care, treatment, and attention they deserve during these trying times.
Our friendly, motivated, and dedicated staff are here to help you with anything you may need during these difficult times.
For more COVID-19 tips on how you and your loved ones can cope during the pandemic, visit nanticoke.org.