With COVID-19 and government stay-at-home orders, we are experiencing a strange new kind of normal. Our routines and social activities have been disrupted and this can cause feelings of stress, anxiousness or worry. As we temporarily adapt to this new way of life, it is important to find ways to manage our well-being.
You might not feel like you are stressed or anxious, but we are all living in a stressful time with uncertainty about our careers, payments coming due, and worrying about the health of our families. It’s a good idea to check in with yourself and see if you are experiencing any symptoms that could be caused by underlying stress or anxiety.
You may be feeling stressed if you are:
- Spending a lot of time worrying about the future
- Feeling extra tired
- Finding it difficult to fall asleep at night
- Waking up early and are not able to get back to sleep
- Experiencing low mood for prolonged periods
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Losing your patience easily
- More irritable than usual
- Increasing your alcohol consumption
If you are feeling stressed, it is important to remember that it is perfectly normal to feel this way during the Coronavirus pandemic and that it is only temporary. Here are 6 ways you can help yourself and others reduce stress:
- Eat healthy
At times like these it can be tempting to resort to junk food, which sometimes feels like comfort food. But eating junk food can actually contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety and make you feel worse.
Try to cook healthy food and eat well-balanced meals. Learn some new healthy recipes and make sure that you consume enough fruit, vegetables, and protein.
Remember to take your multivitamins, too.
2.- Connect with others
Social distancing, especially if you live on your own, can make us feel isolated and lonely. Even if you cannot meet up with your friends in person, with FaceTime, Zoom and video calling, at least you can chat face to face which can make you feel more connected and supported. Keeping in touch by e-mail, texts, or calls, are other good ways of staying close to the people who matter to you.
3.- Stay active
Even if you are stuck at home, there are plenty of ways to exercise and stay active. Being active not only helps to keep you in shape, but it also reduces stress and increases energy levels. It is recommended that you exercise for at least 20 to 30 minutes per day. As long as you keep a safe distance from others, you can try taking a brisk walk outside or easy 10-minute home workouts that you can find free on YouTube channels. Many fitness trainers are also offering free online classes and support right now.
Meditating is an incredibly effective way to relax and give your mind a break. The style of meditation that many of us are familiar with is sometimes called contemplation, the aim of which is to focus the mind on one thing in particular. You can find many meditations online. Try some different meditation techniques to see which ones help you. This could be focusing on your breath or saying a mantra like “om.”
Sometimes people think that meditation is impossible because they are not able to completely quiet their mind. Meditation simply takes practice and since it is difficult to completely switch off your thoughts, just try to focus on one thing. If your mind starts to wander, just keep bringing it back to that one thing.
5.- Do things you enjoy
Create a new daily routine that involves doing things that give you joy. It could be reading good books or watching movies. Those are wonderful ways to escape into another world and away from thoughts about Coronavirus. Watching movies can help your stress levels fall by activating alpha waves in your brain.
Or take the time to learn something new. There are lots of free tutorials and courses online. Do something you have always wanted to do, but never had the time. Learn to draw or play a new musical instrument. Let yourself get absorbed in a new hobby and you will find it helps to reduce stress as well.
6. Get plenty of rest
Getting enough quality sleep makes a substantial difference to how we feel physically and mentally. We all need to get more rest right now. Hearing the news about the pandemic on a daily basis can be draining. In addition, most of us are trying to look after the kids while working from home alongside our spouse and manage daily household chores. And we are not used to doing all these things combined. Overall, it means we need more rest.
If you have young kids at home, encourage them to take a nap during the day. Kids feel stress too, and they may also need to rest more than usual.
Remember that you are more than members, you are part of our family. Your well-being is especially important to us. We hope that these tips help you and your loved ones to manage your stress levels during quarantine.
When the world is ready to travel again, we look forward to seeing you at our Club Caribe resorts. We are waiting for you!