Tuesday, June 2, 2020

STRESSED



If someone had told me last year at this time that our country, along with the rest of the world, would soon be facing a significant health challenge like the COVID-19 disease pandemic, I would have found it almost unimaginable. And yet here we are. 

The threats to our health and economy caused by COVID-19 are unprecedented. I think I can safely say that most of us have experienced not only extreme anxiety, but feelings of anger, sadness, fear, and confusion over the past few weeks. I know that my emotions have been all over the place.

As I struggle to know what to do to continue to keep my family and me safe with Covid-19 still wreaking havoc.......I know that I have to take out some time to try to de-stress.

So, today I went for a run. The first one in quite a while. It was not a long run, and it was definitely not a fast run. But it made me feel a little less stressed. It cleared my head a bit and made me smile! And during this time when I often feel like I am somehow stuck smack-dab in the middle of a Twilight Zone Marathon .....that's HUGE!



   DE-STRESSING TO REDUCE ANXIETY

While running is great, I thought I would share some other helpful stress-reducing techniques that I am trying to apply to my daily life.

  1. Take a time-out. ...Walk away from social media, and the news for a while.
  2. Eat well-balanced meals.
  3. Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
  4. Get enough sleep.
  5. Practice deep breathing.
  6. Exercise daily.
  7. Be mindful.
  8. Do my best.
                                                                                                                                                      


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