As of 2/2021

During these challenging and unprecedented times, it is normal to experience increased levels of stress. With limited access to friends and family members and the global situation changing on a daily basis, we may all benefit from some strategies to help minimize our stress during this time.

  • Recognize the signs of stress. The CDC has identified some symptoms that may indicate you are experiencing stress.
    • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
    • Irritability, frustration, anxiety
    • Sadness
    • Lack of motivation
    • Fatigued and overwhelmed
  • Increase your sense of control. Develop and maintain a consistent daily schedule with regular sleeping hours. Try to end your workday from home at the same time each day.

  • Use this time to learn stress management techniques
    • Meditation- try apps such as Calm, Headspace, Insight Timer
    • Podcasts such as Meditative story and Anxiety Slayer
    • Yoga
    • Journaling
    • Crafting- painting, drawing
    • Books: Many public libraries are closed, but if you have a library card, you can access free digital books, audiobooks, and magazines at https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/
  • Limit unnecessary exposure to the news.
    • Unfollow the unnecessary news accounts on Instagram, Twitter, and the like. Staying informed is important, try to limit news to once daily, for example, either in the morning or evening. A good way to do this is to ask your “hey google” or “Alexa” to update you on the news to get a rundown of the latest headlines without feeling overwhelmed. Additionally, make sure you are getting your news from reliable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO) or this guide!
  • Limit alcohol and drug use. During times of stress, people may turn to increased drug and alcohol use. Try to avoid excessive use of drugs and alcohol to cope with stress. If you or someone you know is increasing their use of drugs and alcohol, you can find virtual treatment here: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/
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