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:
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.
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:
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.