We're living in a stressful time. COVID-19 has disrupted life as we know it, and some of us may be dealing with added fear and anxiety around the unknown and uncertainty about the disease. Whether you are concerned for your own health or the health of others, the stress can be overwhelming at times. As May is mental health awareness month, and O2 Living has partnered with the JCK Foundation, we want to share how we are managing our stress during this pandemic.
Ways to Cope with Stress
1. Take breaks from the news and media
While it's easy to constantly read, watch or listen to the news, it is not always the best choice when it comes to protecting our mental health, stress and anxiety. At times, hearing about the pandemic can be overwhelming and burdensome. It's healthy to take a break from news and social media where overwhelming information may be shared.
2. Stay connected with family and friends
If you're quarantining or social distancing, it's easy to feel isolated from others. However, you don't have to be! You can remain socially connected while still physically distanced. Be sure to reach out to those you normally would and continue to use your relationships as a way to relieve stress.
3. Take care of your body
There's no denying that mental and physical health are connected. Taking care of your physical health can promote your mental health and vice versa! Some tips include taking deep breaths, meditating, stretching, practicing yoga, eating healthy and balanced meals, limiting processed foods, exercising, prioritizing sleep, and avoiding alcohol and drugs. Earlier in 2020, we completed a 6-week wellness challenge. If you're feeling up to it, you may want to try incorporating these wellness tips into your daily routine now!
4. Make time to unwind and relax
Now is the perfect time to dedicate some focus to your hobbies! Any activities (that you can do safely right now) that bring some relaxation and joy may be helpful to lower your stress. Whether it's baking, knitting, puzzles or indulging in your skincare routine, find some ways to enjoy your time!
5. Take care of your mental health
If you ever feel like the stress is impacting your daily life for several days, be sure to contact your healthcare provider.
For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: