Life by its very nature creates stress - and now with COVID-19 we have added:
canceled vacations, proms, graduations,
most all sporting event venues, recreational sports, and hangout places are closed
All of the sudden the things we use to do to relax or take our mind off the stress of work are taken away….
So how do we de-stress in this new normal whether we are still able to work, have to work from home, or are not working
Here are a few simple step
get out-side - neurological research shows that outdoors improve overall mental well being
laugh - laughter release mood stabilizing neurotransmitter into the brain which release stress
breath deeply - stress changes in our brain as we infuse our brain with oxygen
walk away - before making a mistake just walk away - we can always in almost every case try again later or tomorrow
talk to people on the phone - what a concept reach out and touch someone
visit with your neighbors porch to porch - humans need actually physical connection (even in social distancing ways)
start a new hobby - something that lets you use your hands and takes your mind off of all that might be stressing you out
turn off the news - (try to watch it only once a day from credible sources) play board games, go for walks, read a good book etc.
We got this