COVID-19 has caused a lot of stress. People are worrying about the virus itself, their jobs, homeschooling their kids, and generally are just spending too much time at home. Oh, and the stock market has been like a roller coaster over the past two months. With that in mind, I thought it would be helpful to share some thoughts about stress relief.
My approach to stress relief comes down to two main principles – take care of yourself and focus on the positives.
Take care of yourself – These are all the things your doctor/mom/spouse tells you to do. Eat healthy. Sleep enough. Exercise 3-5 times a week.
Focus on the positives – I recently started a practice of writing down five things that went well each day. Reflecting on the positives at the end of the day helps me recall good things that otherwise might have slipped my mind. It reinforces a positive attitude and builds resilience for the next day.
I hope you find these habits helpful. Nobody can avoid stress altogether, but we can train ourselves to handle stressful situations better.
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