How Can I Mitigate COVID-19 Stress At Home?

During a pandemic, it is perfectly natural to feel anxiety and stress. If you have children, the symptoms of stress can impact an entire household. However, there are positive pathways forward when a family is experiencing emotional stress and turmoil. For example, an individual and/or a family can invest in a normal daily routine. This routine includes getting showered and dressed each day, taking breaks from social media, getting plenty of sleep, and avoiding the use of drugs and alcohol. Stretching, breathing deeply, and meditating are also excellent ways to alleviate the natural stress that arises out of stressful situations.

What Signs Of Stress Can Be Observed In Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

When a community lives through stressful times, there will be signs of disturbing behaviors that may be addressed and understood. Children display signs of stress through increased anxiety, fear, sadness, or worry. It is essential to realize that when children and teenagers are struggling to cope with stress, that they can exhibit unhealthy eating or sleeping habits. Furthermore, you may notice changes in activity level, substance abuse, or other risk behaviors in your children. When parents understand that a household is in the grip of grief and stress during unprecedented times, the next logical step is to understand that they are not alone in their feelings. Having perspective can bring levity to a situation.

What Are Some Ways To Cope With Stress During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

Rest and sleep are critical during stressful times. This is because the body and the mind are irrevocably interconnected. A rested mind is a content mind. Additionally, the CDC recommends taking breaks from work to stretch, exercise, or check in with supportive colleagues. Spending time outdoors is also recommended, whether the individual is relaxing or being physically active.

What Can I Do To Feel Better If I’m Feeling Anxious and Scared About COVID-19?

If you are feeling anxious and scared about COVID-19, the important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Many individuals struggle during a pandemic for a myriad of reasons. Talking with people you trust about your feelings and about your concerns. Research tips on staying connected with family and friends who you may not see often. Take deep breaths, relax, and meditate. Read a book or take a nap. 

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