With anxiety and concerns about our health, careers, and communities at the forefront of many of our thoughts, finding ways to express and also alleviate our stress can go a long way in supporting our overall mental and physical well-being.
Coping With Stress
- Sharing thoughts, feelings, and concerns with trusted friends and family is a great way to release worry and think through possible ways to share the load. Just knowing you are not going through something trying alone can be a great support. Whether it’s a tried-and-true phone call, a Zoom video chat, or a socially-distanced neighborhood walk, taking time to connect helps us recognize we can all help each other through the difficult times – we don’t have to go it alone.
- Find a physical activity that you enjoy and get moving! Whether it be relaxing through yoga, taking an invigorating run, or a quick cycle in or outside of your home, exercise is a great way to lift your spirits while keeping you in good shape.
- That hobby you’ve always said you don’t have time for? Now is the time. Pick up that dusty guitar in the corner, sit and spend some time listening to your favorite music while you knit, read a new book on your list or re-visit an old favorite. Whatever speaks to you and brings you comfort is where it’s at. So be it comic books or chess, home renovations or woodworking, try your hand at creating or just purely enjoying something familiar.
- Caring for others is a great way to not only take the focus off of ourselves but also helps provide a hand to others when they need support. Whether you are comfortable helping with meal deliveries for seniors or feel better keeping things closer to home by making holiday gifts or treats for loved ones, giving does truly make us feel good while having the benefit of helping others feel better too.
- Put a priority on eating healthy, taking care of daily self-care routines like tooth brushing and flossing, and try to get a good night’s sleep. As we head into the winter months, eating foods that are good for us help to keep us healthy and fight off even regular colds and flu. And quality sleep is always a goal but, hopefully, by getting fresh air, exercise, and finding outlets to alleviate stress, sleep may come a bit easier.
Our physical and mental health are closely tied. By sharing and talking through our worries, practicing self-care, and finding moments of joy in our daily routines, we are putting in the work to get through hard times.