The coronavirus has taken the world by storm leaving some without work, childcare, and limited food. Not only are individuals stressed and anxious about possibly contracting the virus but it is important for individuals with disabilities such as compromised immune systems or mental health conditions to limit their stress. An increase in stress and anxiety can worsen symptoms and trigger episodes. Here is a list of tips on how to handle stress during the coronavirus outbreak.
Take time to read the book that you’ve been wanting to read as it can serve as a temporary distraction. Did you know that developing a regular reading routine has been scientifically proven to lower stress levels, stabilize your heart rate, and help you relax? Reading for just six minutes can reduce stress levels by up to 68% according to the 2009 Telegraph study.
Write about how the coronavirus is making you feel and impacting you. It is better to write down your emotions and thoughts than leave them inside. Journaling has been proven to reduce anxiety, stress, cope with depression, fears, help with positive self-talk and track triggers.
Speak With Your Therapist
Your therapist can help you sort through any fears, anxiety and irrational thinking because of the virus. Many therapists are seeing clients via teletherapy (video and phone sessions).
Take A Break
Staying informed via news outlets is helpful but it can also increase your stress. Take a break from social media, TV, radio and any other outlets that are contributing to your stress level.
Take Care Of Your Body
Take time to exercise or stretch with YouTube videos or apps on your phone and use guided meditation apps. Make sure you are getting adequate rest and sleep between 7 to 9 hours per night and eat well-balanced meals.
For more resources, please visit the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.