With the ever-changing landscape of life while dealing with Covid-19, many people are feeling very stressed. Heightened stress is a common reaction to such immediate and drastic changes. But there are some things you can do to mitigate increased stress levels and deal with anxiety.
Create a new normal routine as soon as you can. If you can keep as close to your previous routine, (assuming that was working for you) then do so. If your previous routine was in need of an overhaul, then now might be the time for that restructure.
Creating a structured routine and environment can help ease some of the work-related stressors in your life. If you are now helping children with school during the day, pick a time that works within your work schedule as much as possible. Many schools recognize that caregivers are both trying to work and play teacher. They are also being rather flexible in how and when the work is completed by their students.
Take advantage of community support
Many local businesses are offering online support. Your neighborhood yoga or pilates class may even be streaming services at a reduced rate or in some cases free! Take advantage of these offers by setting a few minutes of downtime just for you. Squeeze in yoga, or if the weather is nice, go for a walk. It’s okay to go with family members, but don’t feel guilty for needing a few minutes alone either.
Many areas restaurants are offering wonderful meals via curbside or delivery. This takes the stress out of dinner prep for the night and also allows you to support your local businesses as much as possible.
Simplify your life where you can
If there is no time or funds to grab dinner out, hunker down and make something simple.
Pasta is a great dinner option and for many, it can serve as dinner for more than one meal.
Realize that some household chores may have to wait right now. Or if you have children that can safely handle some duties, by all means employ them to help.
Oftentimes, crisis management is a great way to build your family bonds. Here are some ideas for children helping with chores.
Taking a few minutes daily to be grateful is a mood and spirit booster. Spend those extra minutes you were in the car commuting, writing in a gratitude journal. Feel free to also journal any thoughts or concerns you are having. Getting these thoughts down on paper, and out of your head, can also help alleviate some anxiety.
Talk to Someone
Talking to someone about your thoughts and feelings during this time can be very comforting. Whether this is a friend or a professional, now is the time to stay connected to others. Face Time or Zoom with friends or family. Distance doesn’t have to keep you from spending time with those you care about.
If you feel like you need or want professional help, there are indeed options. Many practices have tools to meet with their clients online or over the phone. We deploy both secure options to our clients based on their preference.
Pace Counseling Group is a professional counseling firm located in San Antonio, Texas. We are focused on continuously improving the quality of life for our clients and their families. We are currently accepting new clients with no wait list. Insurance accepted. Make your first appointment online by clicking here.
To learn more, visit us at Pace Counseling Group or call (210) 481-3727.