While mandated stay at home orders won’t last forever, some people are having trouble coping – and reasonably so. Stress is heightened as we face the unknown, but it’s more important than ever to keep our stress in check and find healthy ways to manage it.
Below I’ve outlined five ideas to help you manage your stress and regain control in your day to day life.
Create a Routine & Stick To It:
Many of us are finding ourselves upside down from our usual routines. Creating a new “normal” will not only help you cope with your day to day tasks, but will also help bring some balance back into your life.
Try waking up and going to bed at the same time each day. Find a routine that works for you and your family. Write down what the schedule is and stick to it. Go for a morning walk during the time you used to commute or take your kids to school. When it’s time to start working for the day, designate a place in your home away from where you usually relax (like your bedroom or the couch.) This will help you focus and create some sort of separation from your home life and work life. Don’t forget to put your computer away or close your home office door to transition back to home life.
Perhaps the last thing you feel motivated for when you’re stressed or anxious is getting a workout in, but moving daily is crucial to managing stress. Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good, and it can also serve as a valuable distraction. Even very small activities like getting the dog out for a walk can add up over the course of a day.
With stay at home orders still in place, running and jogging around your neighborhood is a great and easy way to get your heart rate up and also get some fresh air. Just make sure you adhere to the six-foot social distancing rule. There are also many time-crunch friendly streaming workouts you can do online, and most are free. Many of them require no equipment, and take as little as 10 minutes so you can fit in a workout no matter your schedule!
Eat A Balanced Diet & Limit Alcohol:
Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress, so be mindful of what you eat. Start your day right with a balanced breakfast, and keep your energy up and your mind clear with nutritious meals and healthy snacks throughout the day.
Many people on self-quarantine are drinking more alcohol than ever now. But coping with your stress by using alcohol is just a temporary solution. Alcohol can also mess with our hormones and sleep, which lowers our immune system.
Make sure to keep alcohol consumption in check and if you’re drinking nightly take a few nights off per week.
Herbs & Supplements:
Adding some complementary holistic herbs can really be helpful in giving your body the extra help it may need to keep stress levels in check.
Holy Basil tea can help with stress management and adrenal function. Holy Basil is a healthy, herbal tea to sip on throughout the day!
Lemon Balm is a wonderful herb right now because it has nervine properties (calming) and it’s an antiviral herb. Speak with your practitioner today to see if it would be a good option for you.
There are a lot of herbs and supplements that can be helpful to reduce stress, support our adrenal glands and boost our mood at this time. Speak with one of our providers today to explore options that could be beneficial for you.
Check in Regularly with Friends and Family:
There’s nothing more calming than talking with our loved ones. During these times of social distancing, it can be easy for isolation to turn into loneliness. Fortunately, modern day technology allows us to still have face to face conversations with friends and family using FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangouts and Facebook Video Chat, (among many other options!)
Face-to-face interaction triggers a cascade of hormones that counteracts the body’s defensive “fight-or-flight” response. It’s a natural stress reliever (and as an added bonus, it also helps stave off depression and anxiety).
Try scheduling regular virtual check-ins with the people who fill you up with joy and love.
Like anything, managing and limiting stress in your life takes practice. Have a little compassion if you don’t get it right the first time. When you feel stress creeping in, close your eyes and take a few big, deep breaths.
If you’d like more ideas on ways to help manage your stress during these times please contact us