Stress and Anxiety Relief During COVID-19

by Route 40 Home & Wellness

These are our suggestions for stress and anxiety relief during COVID-19 and should not be considered as medical advice. If you are struggling with mental health issues, click here for additional resources during COVID-19.

There are two phrases that we can guarantee with 100% accuracy that you’re going to hear at the very least once a week at work or in your social life:  

  1. “After COVID we should...” 
  2. “Unfortunately, do to COVID we can’t...” 

Welcome to life during a worldwide pandemic. Across the United States people are being asked to stay indoors as much as possible as numbers continue to rise and fall across the states, for so many important life celebrations --religious holidays, births, and even graduations went by without the usual gathering of friends and family. Bars. Restaurants. Movie theaters, and amusement parks across the country shuttered their windows. To go outside is to be met with masked faces, and warnings to stay six feet apart always.  

In some places the restrictions are being slowly softened. In others they remain just as strict. There are constants updates about what’s safe to do and what’s not. With so much noise, and such pent-up fear and worry, it’s hard to not feel stressed, or worse anxious.

Here are some tips for stress and anxiety relief: 

First off: Know that it’s okay to feel the way that you do.  

It’s 100 percent normal to have feelings of anxiety and stress. The world as we know it has come to an end. The rules for workplace culture, social interaction and things as simple as going to pick-up food have changed. As we learn to operate under these new codes it’s truly normal to experience feelings of heightened tension and unease.  

What Coping Can Look Like: 

What feels comforting varies from one person to another. It is important however to recognize the tension within yourself and give yourself an outlet to channel that into. Things that might help with stress and anxiety relief:

  1. Taking time for self-care – doing a face mask, trying out a new make-up look, painting your nails, taking a nice long bath (scented bath bombs anyone?)  are all things that can help  
  2. Working out – and it doesn’t have to be intense either! A short stroll around the park, some yoga or a bike ride are all great for boosting your endorphin levels that’s your happiness chemical that makes feel good  
  3. Journaling – writing down your emotions is a wonderful way to get the weight of unspoken thoughts and feelings off your chest. Just bringing the words into fruition is a great way to really identify what exactly your feeling and where it might be stemming from  
  4. Talking to a trusted loved one – the comfort of knowing that there is someone out there who loves and cares for you is unmatched. Don’t be afraid to confine your feelings to a friend or family member who knows you well.  
  5. Aromatherapy – consider purchasing a diffuser and some essential oils to take advantage of the calming properties of essential oils. Soy wax candles and melts are also a great way to reduce stress!
  6. Getting a hobby – taking on a new hobby can seem like a daunting task- but it shouldn't be! Do a little research and find something you love to do that can be done indoors. Starting a new collection of your favorite things, taking in some plants to grow and nurture, or even something as simple as puzzles can be a great way to get some stress and anxiety relief!
stress and anxiety relief plant hobby

How to Reach Out for Help:  

If you find that your anxiety levels have been getting higher rather than calming down, or if you begin to have feelings of unworthiness, long periods of low-self-esteem or thoughts of hurting yourself, please reach out to a therapist or counselor. Click here for additional mental health resources during COVID-19.

In the same way that you would go to the doctor with a twisted ankle, reaching out to a mental health professional is the best way to ensure that you are able to experience stress and anxiety relief and avoid a snowballing of your pain. 

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