5 Quick Tips for Stress Relief during Pandemic and Protests

Unless you live off-grid, detached from the news, television, and the internet, you’re aware that 2020 has taken its toll. Lives have been altered by disease and illness, financial concerns and job stability have affected many, and social justice has taken center stage. No matter your viewpoints, your responses can include increased stress and anxiety. What can you do during this time for yourself? Try these 5 quick tips.

Find your tribe

Most often during times like this, people can feel isolated and alone. With the recent social distancing measures in place, our social connections have declined. We don’t see our coworkers, family, and friends as much as we normally have.

Opening the lines of communication with family, friends either by telephone, zoom, or social distancing gatherings on the front lawn.

Remember, while some areas have begun lifting restrictions, the virus is still relevant. Take precautions for your physical health, and help your mental wellness by reaching out to others.

Those you share your same viewpoints or will lend an open mind to your worries is sometimes the best medicine.

Focus on fun

During your week, set aside time for yourself to do something you enjoy.

Read a book. Binge watch a favorite series. Watch a movie that always brings a good laugh. Break out a puzzle on the dining room table. Plan a family game night.

If you are able to, take time to literally step away from everything and escape into nature. Take a long walk outside in the forest, through a park, or even around your neighborhood.

Meditate

Some people hear the word meditate and have images of someone sitting perfectly still on the floor.

Fact is, you can take the time to clear your head, focus within and reset yourself at any point throughout the day.

There are many apps that can help guide you through meditation sessions – some taking just a few minutes of your day. Here are two apps that we recommend.

Headspace: Perfect for those new to meditation. There are sessions that last just a few moments, and they even offer quick little “SOS” moments for times when feeling overwhelmed, panicked, flustered, burned out or in pain. If you have found yourself unemployed recently, there is a longer free trial available at this time.

Calm: Another very popular site is Calm. With the focus on meditation and sleep, this site also offers free trial.

With both sites offering free trials, check out both sites to see which one fits your needs.

Get your rest

A good bedtime routine can help during stressful or uncertain times. While being home more can disrupt most daily routines, try to keep your sleep schedule intact.

While occasionally staying up late, sleeping in, or taking a quick nap can be refreshing, don’t make it a habit.

Keep a consistent schedule for going to bed each night and waking each morning. Try to disconnect from electronics and social media to help let your mind unwind an hour before bedtime.

Focus on self-care with a warm shower, a relaxing bath, or pampering skincare routine to wind down the day. Read a book, listen to music, or quietly enjoy a few minutes of meditation with Headspace or Calm.

Resources

Sometimes it isn’t easy and even after trying different steps to help, you’ll need more than just some good sleep or a supportive friend.

And that’s ok.

During stressful times, sometimes there aren’t easy answers. Sometimes there are no quick fixes. But there are always resources and those willing to help.

Please reach out to these resources listed below or to your primary care provider’s office for additional, local resources.

Living with Mental Health during a Pandemic: This short audio from the University of Michigan Medicine is important reinforcement on how to handle work, being home, mental health and wellness during this time.

National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-TALK (8255) If you or have concerns about a loved one with thoughts on suicide, please call.

APA American Psychological Association: Statement on the racism pandemic as well as a variety of resources, protecting your mental health, and finding energy with anger.

Heads Together: While the above resources are from the United States, the United Kingdom is promoting amazing mental health awareness through Heads Together and this site has some amazing tools for everyone.

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This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Lisa maslyk

    Stress is hitting so many right now. This is a perfect post

  2. Jordan

    Great tips. My go-to’s are getting into nature by walking at least once a day and watching fun shows and movies. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Emily Ackerman

    These are great tips. I have found myself more stressed than normal for sure.

  4. Katherine Wolfe

    Great tips….especially the suggestion to keep your sleep schedule intact! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Adrienne

    Stressful times indeed. Thanks for sharing this very timely post!

  6. Charlene

    Great tips! I recently became caregiver to my grandparents and they are so confused as to why they must stay home and visitors must say hello from the front lawn while they remain on the porch.

  7. Carrie Beaton

    So many things to stress us out right now…thanks for these destressing tips! I appreciate them!

  8. Myrka

    These are all great tips and also great everyday reminders! It’s been so hard to get into a routine and I personally just need to be told again to take a deep breath and follow the plan. I’m so glad I came across this post!

  9. Eva Keller

    Great tips! I like that you included several resources for those who may need it.

  10. Roselyn Franke

    You post has clear, concise, sensible tips for relieving stress during these unusual times; I enjoyed it very much.

  11. Tati

    Great! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  12. Brenda

    Hi it’s Brenda from RubyHemMinistries.com There’s so much stress going around right now that we simply must make time for self-care. Thanks for sharing these tips.

  13. Josie D.

    The first tip is so important to me at this time. I already don’t like to be on my phone texting and human connection means a lot to me. Sometimes me and my friends are finding new virtual ways to hang out and play games and catch up. Thanks for sharing xxx

  14. Andrea

    Great post. These tips are needed during these times.

  15. Britt K

    This is great advice. The current global situation has been hard on everyone for various reasons. However, just remembering that we’re all going through it to some extent is SO important! It’s funny, on one hand, I find myself feeling isolated and alone spending all my time at home BUT on the other hand, the push for online communication has actually encouraged many of us to connect despite significant distances. I have talked more with friends on the other side of the world than ever before!

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