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10 ways to manage stress during Covid-19 outbreak
22 September 2020
Stress can have a significant impact on our physical as well as mental health wellbeing. Its effects range from headaches, insomnia and heartburn, all the way to rapid breathing and an increased risk of heart attack.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has taken an extensive toll on the lives of many individuals, putting them under stressful conditions as they remain unsure about the future, that has been put on hold by the lockdown. Now more than ever, it is important we pursue various avenues of stress management to keep the negative effects of stress at bay. In this article, we will explore 10 ways to manage stress that one can employ during the covid-19 outbreak, and continue it even when the pandemic is over.
Studies show that when family bonds and relationships are stronger, not only does it have a positive effect on an individual’s mental health, but for those struggling with mental health issues such as stress, it can make them more responsive to treatment. Spending time with family has a number of benefits, some as simple as improving your mood, and doing so can be a good avenue to stress management during the covid-19 outbreak.
Having a routine introduces a sense of stability to one’s life. This sense of stability can also help reduce stress. There are a number of ways this can be done and varies from person to person. Some prefer to organise and plan every event of their day using a to-do list app, while some prefer assigning broadening time ranges for similar activities. Whatever approach you choose to follow, as long as you maintain a consistent routine, the sense of structure and assurance it provides can have a positive impact on stress levels and be an excellent way to manage stress
Part of having a health routine includes making sure you are consuming healthy foods for your meals. Eating healthy has a plethora of benefits that include weight loss, reduced risk of cancer, stronger bones and teeth as well as an improvement in your mood. Eating healthy can help reduce stress and has a number of long-term benefits if followed correctly.
Exercise is an excellent way to help cope with, as well as reduce stress and can come in extremely handy whilst coping during the covid-19 pandemic. Studies have shown that exercising produces endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that help increase one's ability to sleep, which has then been proven to reduce stress. Furthermore, exercise also helps increase your immunity in the fight against covid-19 and can be a great way to manage stressful conditions.
As important as getting in that daily workout is, it is also essential that we make sure we do not over exert ourselves, and making sure you get adequate rest. A simple way to do so is to make sure you get the minimum of seven to nine hours of sleep daily.
While many of us rely on social media not only to keep in touch with our friends and loved ones, but also as a source for all our information and news that we receive, there are several studies that have established a correlation between increased social media use and increased levels of stress, as well as irritation and agitation. Minimising time spent on social media could potentially help an individual cope with stress during the covid-19 induced lockdown.
Due to the lockdown promoted by the covid-19 outbreak, millions of employees around the world find themselves now having to work from home, while there are a number of disadvantages including a sense of uncertainty that come with the lockdown, one silver lining is the fact that due to new work from home rules, many people now have more free time. Spending time pursuing hobbies during this free time can be an excellent way to reduce stress.
Another benefit of more free time due to the covid-19 is that you can use this time to organise. Be it cleaning up the house, reorganising a bookshelf or refiling documents, introducing a sense of order into your life can bring with it a sense of security as well as accomplishment.
The covid-19 outbreak has been propelled and aggravated by the mass hysteria propagated by various media outlets. As scientists struggle to understand this new disease, individuals find themselves in a storm of endless information, the fatalistic appearance of which can cause an increase in stress levels. One of the means of stress management during the covid-19 lockdown is to ensure that you have your facts right and are getting your information from reputable sources.
While ensuring the safety of yourself and your family is imperative during the covid-19 pandemic, a good mode of stress management is to try and help others. The pandemic has had an adverse effect on countless people, leaving a lot of them without a job, stranded or homeless. Helping someone in need would not help better the community as well as provide you with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
Finally, one of the most important ways to manage stress during the COVID-19 pandemic is to make sure you are financially protected against any expenses that may arise due to contracting the virus. For this, you have to ensure that you and your family have an adequate Health Insurance policy that covers you for COVID-19, such as the Corona Kavach plan offered by Max Bupa.