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Managing Stress during a Pandemic

Another week has flown by, more days at home with the occasional outing to buy groceries or a guilty visit to a non essential store, while ALWAYS wearing a mask-because HELLO, it really isn’t rocket science, but then at some point of the day you check the news for the daily COVID-19 numbers in your city. Massive numbers appear on your screen, you want to stress clean your entire house and every high touched area with bleach, you want to consider, for maybe 3 seconds, could you possibly homeschool (the answer is no way, Math and Science are too darn hard) you worry about sending them back to school, you worry about having to go back out there for work, you WORRY! You worry when anyone coughs or sneezes, you worry if the small playdates you plan are a good idea, you worry about going to the stores because an employee at the grocery store near your house tested positive, the stress and anxiety are outrageous!

“"Blorft" is an adjective I just made up that means 'Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum.' I have been blorft every day for the past seven years.” -Tina Fey

Yes, the world seems especially scary right now, but this is our reality at present, so what are some things you can do to manage your stress when it seems the walls of your house or apartment are going to close in on you?

*Go for a walk or hike-make sure to stay at least 6 feet apart, wear a mask when appropriate and know that State and National Parks are limiting visitors, so make appropriate reservations beforehand.

*Practice Yoga-there are a ton of free classes online, streaming services that require a monthly or yearly fee, or local studios who are conducting small group classes or offering classes online.

*Meditate-again, many online options, apps, free services through your health profile on your phone, videos on youtube and Instagram, etc..

*Practice Mindful Breathing-I love to do the one that comes on my Samsung phone under my health profile, it allows you to set the seconds for your inhales and exhales and has a visual of a bubble expanding or contracting, but there is something very similar you can access for free on youtube.

*Play outside with your kids and/or pets-all the stress and anxiety you are experiencing during the day does affect your sleep at night, there is nothing like physical activity to help you unwind and feel, as well as, sleep better.

*Set a consistent schedule during the day-working from home has its perks, but a schedule will help you feel more secure. There is ease and security in things happening at approximately the same time everyday.

*Eat well and exercise-There is no contest on how you will look after this is all over, but eating well helps you feel good about yourself and exercise releases feel good hormones, a total win-win.

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” -Fred Rogers

We hope that is a place where you have the freedom to talk about the things that are weighing heavily on your heart and mind. You deserve to have a safe place to unburden yourself. You are amazing and wonderful, we see it and we hope you see it in yourself. All the best-SG

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