Managing Your Stress During COVID-19
Your success in life, both personally and professionally, depends on your capacity to manage stress. Your survival during COVID-19 depends on your ability to control your stress given the current state of the world.
According to psychologists, leading a more balanced lifestyle will ultimately lead to greater success.
Living a balanced life is necessary now more than ever. Many professionals have felt out of balance as a result of the various stressors that this unexpected pandemic has brought with it.
In an effort to help you regain your balance, here are a few recommended techniques you can use to manage your stress during this time of COVID-19:
BREATHE: make time throughout the day to do deep breathing exercises. Several times each day, take a deep nasal inhale and a quick, clean mouth exhale. You can increase the amount of oxygen in your blood by using this process. You can feel calmer and less stressed when oxygenated blood is flowing to your brain.
EXERCISE: get regular exercise to boost your energy and overall sense of well-being. Your mind and body will feel better if you regularly exercise, whether that be by following a Pilates video in your living room, lifting weights in your basement, taking an aerobics class via Zoom, or simply going for a walk around your neighborhood. Regular exercise will also help to boost your self-esteem, which is a great additional benefit. You feel good about yourself when you have a high sense of self-worth. You feel as though you can handle anything that comes your way when you feel good about yourself. Make regular exercise a habit throughout COVID-19.
ENJOY SANCTUARY TIME: carve out time in your day and designate a special place in your home for sanctuary time. This will be your time, all to yourself. You can take some alone time during sanctuary time. Spend your time in the sanctuary somewhere that makes you feel more peaceful. Your sanctuary time can be when you wash up in the morning, when you meditate in the middle of the day, when you work, or when you unwind in the living room later in the day. Your sanctuary time can be whenever and wherever you choose, as long as you have personal time to reflect, make plans, and find peace. Make a weekly commitment to spend time in your sanctuary on various occasions.
VISIT WITH LOVED ONES: maintain your personal and professional relationships during this time. Social distance has become the norm, but you can still maintain relationships with your loved ones, friends, and coworkers. You will undoubtedly use technology to communicate with them more frequently now. To keep your spirits up, it’s important to spend time laughing, connecting, and conversing with others. Right now, you can communicate with loved ones through phone calls, text messages, face-to-face meetings on Zoom, and virtual gatherings. Make it a point to see a loved one once a week until the pandemic is over, as a promise to yourself.
Many unexpected problems brought on by COVID-19 have upset the balance in the lives of many professionals. Professionals are stressed because of the imbalance.
The four (4) stress-reduction strategies discussed in this article are meant to assist you in regaining your equilibrium and getting rid of the sources of stress in your life.
Try them out, then put them to use.