According to Healthline, Stress is a situation that triggers a particular biological response. Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. The pressure becomes stress when you feel unable to cope. It can affect how you feel, think, and behave. How can you control yourself during this pandemic? The fear of the COVID-19 virus, keeping social distancing; avoiding public gathering and even death of loved ones can increase your stress. Many people are undergoing stress, fear and a loss of security.
It is worth taking the time to learn different strategies and techniques for managing your stress before there are serious consequences for your mental and physical well-being.
Long-term stress can cause heart disease, high blood pressure, worsen chronic health disease, disrupt your sleep habits, and weaken your immune system.
Here are 5 great ways to reduce your stress level during this outbreak.
Surround Yourself With Positive Social Support.
Research has shown that people who encounter major life stresses, such as the loss of a partner or job, come out the other side of the difficulty more easily if they have a network of friends and family on whom they can draw and rely. However, it is more advisable to stay connected to your family and friends during this COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown via text, phone call, skype or any other social media platforms. You are not alone, you can reach out to a mental health professional if you need emotional support too.
Recognize The Cause Of Your Anxiety.
Before you can move forward, you need to be able to identify the causes of your stress. Take some time to be alone and get yourself a notepad or a journal. List everything that may be contributing to your feelings of stress or anxiety. Begin by considering the root causes of your stress. Maybe you are stress because you lost your job during this pandemic or you’re uncertain about your career.
Limit Your Exposure To The Media.
Take a break from watching, listening, or reading the news. This is how the media puts me into stress and how I overcome it.
I was so skeptical about this new Coronavirus and I spent much time in front of the TV to catch up with every update about this virus. Unfortunately, I become addicted, overwhelmed, and panic which contributed to my stress. I put my phone down; and limiting the time on social media gives my mind a rest.
Studies have shown that, exercise can relieve stress, reduce depression and improve your cognitive function. Exercise also releases endorphins, chemicals that trigger positive feelings.
Here are some exceptional ways to exercise during the Lockdown.
- Home Work-Out Without Equipments.
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- Yoga Work-Out
Yoga may seem a little intimidating, but it is a great way to exercise at home with no equipment. It will help relieve stress and tension and leave you with a feeling of relaxation and comfort.WATCH A FREE VIDEO
Dancing is also another great way to exercise and ease stress and tension. It actually keeps you fit and healthy as well as giving you a more positive outlook. Take this opportunity at home, and put your favorite tunes on and have a quick boogie around the living room.
Another exercise you can try at home includes; Skipping, Housework, Stair climbing, etc.
Eat Healthy To Release Stress.
It is uncommon for you to overeat when you are stressed, nervous, or emotional. Don’t try to comfort yourself with junk food. You can change how your relationship with food can affect your emotional health, how you maintain a healthy diet during emotional times and choose foods known to make you feel better.
A healthy, nutrient-rich diet can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
Avoid excess amounts of caffeine and sugar.