In the past few weeks, you might’ve found yourself in a new situation where your tried and true ways of managing stress are not currently available. When you’re spending most of your time at home, how do you manage feelings of stress or anxiety for a situation that’s out of your control?
Here are five ideas on how you might manage daily stress:
1. Avoid or limit controllable sources of stress.
There are some sources of stress that you do have control over. If scrolling through social media makes you anxious, limit the time you spend on those channels. If the latest news updates make you feel overwhelmed, choose specific times of day that you’ll check-in. And then leave the news updates alone for the remainder of the day.
2. Meditate and practice gratitude.
When you feel like you need a break, take a few moments to take care of yourself. Sit and breathe several deep breaths. If your mind immediately starts to wander, then try counting your breaths. Bring in a gratitude practice by remembering something or someone that you’re grateful for.
3. Move your body.
Sometimes the best thing you can do to alleviate stress in your mind is to move your body. Stick to activities that you enjoy and look forward to doing. You may not be able to do the same activities that you’re used to doing, but there are always good alternatives to any movement. Find what works for you and keep moving every day.
4. Listen to music to suit your mood.
Music is an excellent mood booster. If you’re feeling down, you might want to listen to something with some energy that will pick you back up. On the other hand, you might need something slower and more relaxing. If you stream music, create a few different playlists of your favorite songs and then use these playlists to dance out some stress.
5. Get plenty of fresh air.
If you’re feeling stuck, head outside and give yourself some space. Go for a walk around your neighborhood, or take a few moments to stand in the sunshine. Take these smaller breaks several times throughout the day.
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