Fear arising at every moment of each day. Seeing the statistics of death rates. COVID-19 virus taking it's toll on those you know.
Worrying about if it will infect you too. Suddenly, your life has DRASTICALLY CHANGED, and it feels surreal.
The loss of control feels EXHAUSTING and overwhelming as your stress and anxiety builds. Panic attacks started.
Life is full of unexpected challenges. Feelings of dread, worrying about what will happen next. You are overwhelmed and can't handle one more surprise COVID 19 stressors. Panic attacks arrived.
You've made it this far, and wonder why you just can't solve the most recent problems life has thrown your way. Completely understandable.
The answer feels so simple, and yet unreachable.
It's totally normal to feel overwhelmed, scared, confused, and exhausted given the cirumstances happening right now.
Having the news updates filtering through TV, radio, every conversation, and on social media.
It leaves you feeling like you can't get away from it. Trapped in the worry, stress and anxiety cycle.
Keep scrolling, and you will find 6 tips on how to find relief from the COVID 19 stress and anxiety. With just a few minutes each day, you can start feeling less anxious, and reduce that tension in your body - known as stress.
Inhale count to 3, exhale count to 4. Work up towards a goal of inhale counting to 4, exhale counting to 8. Breathing exercises help to reduce stress and anxiety in the moment.
Meditation comes in many forms. Starting out with just a few minutes each day over time helps build new routines. Unsure where to start? Try: stop.breathe.think app, or search You Tube for a free library!
When you feel like you are unsure how to cope, or just need someone to help you stay accountable to a change, contact a professional. Connect with a free online COVID 19 Stress and Anxiety Reducing Group here.
Exercise helps boost mood. Interval based exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety. Start out small, like marching in place, or going outside for 5 minutes to walk and build towards a new goal. Remember yoga is exercise and engages your breathing while you gently stretch to reduce tension in the body.
Checking in with those you care about, and offering support can help you feel validated in your own expeirence, as well as provide a distraction.Pay it forward, and volunteer with virtual ways by connecting. Also, send ”happy mail!”
Writing down your thoughts and feelings helps you to let go of them. Always remember paper won't judge you and it lets go when you discard it.
Writing down short term goals, or a daily to-do list helps provide routine and structure to your daily intentions.
Thinking kids spend way too much time online, virtually connecting these days. Well, that might have been true prior to COVID 19, and now more then ever, kids of all ages need connection to their caregivers or parents. Connection through meaningful activities. Play a board game, teach them a new skill (doing dishes! or fixing something!). Read a book together. Make a game up. Engage with them in a video game so that they know you care about them. Connection within families is just as important as learning and attending online learning for school.
Boredom is a sacred experience. We live in a fast paced, busy all the time world. So when life has slowed down because of COVID 19, we may feel the sudden rush of overwhelmed panic, then boredom of the same things. Start with understanding why your child feels this way. Validate it, by saying somehing, "I completely understand you feel bored with all these difficult times of isolation at home." Then coach your child about what they can do. Allowing your child to sit with their boredom, allows them to activate into imagination they may have disconnected from with being constantly stimulated by electronics. If your child is struggling to do that, offer some ideas that they can use, and try not to be too upset if they decline them. It may require a joint activity to get them jump started! Remember it's a new situation, and we are all learning how to cope together.
A family meal each day can feel so simple, yet it's benefits are over powering. Research has shown us that families who connect together each day over a meal, also check in with each other about their day. They listen to each other and therefore, have the least risk factors of teenagers engaging in high risk behaviors. It's protective to kids!
During times like this, having a family meal together may feel easy or may feel challenging. However, regardless of what you eat (ALL FOODS FIT in a HEALTHY DIET!), it's a priority to sit together, talk together, listen together, and share ideas.
Tips for Parenting Teens During COVID 19 Stress and Anxiety Experiences.
Teens present with their unique needs that parents can misunderstand escalating conflict between parents and the teen. During times like this, it can feel overwhelming with juggling work, home tasks, your own mental health, and then children's needs too. Maybe your teenager spends too much time online playing video games and that's concerning too. Check out this blog post linked below to read more.....
Consider connecting with those you love, and feel most supported by.
If you are feeling alone, connect with an online support professional.
Curious to understand more about the steps involved in this? Check it out here.
Turn off the news, and limit your screen time exposure to topics that increase anxiety and stress.
Give yourself a break, and schedule time blocks to connect to NEWS to help you feel more in control.
Increased social distancing, and isolation precautions to prevent further spread of the devastatingly scary statistics of the COVID-19 virus leads us to feeling alone and scared.
Seeking out counselling services can help reduce that anxiety and distress you are experiencing.
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