Millions of folks across the globe are experiencing extra stress and worry about things out of their control. As the world is dealing with unchartered territory, people are getting new information each moment that may be causing additional stress. The normal pace of life has changed, and most are staying at home. Schools are closed as well as businesses. Folks are working from home while their children are home. And may are facing financial uncertainty with job security on the line. Unfortunately, we don’t know how long this will last. Of course, people are stressed.
Everyday Steps to Reduce Stress
When things are spiraling out of control, people often take comfort in focusing on the things they can control. Thankfully some of these every day things can help with reducing stress.
Unplug: With the onslaught of news coming from a plethora of platforms, hearing about viruses, pandemic, and suffering all day long can increase your stress level. Staying informed is essential, but so is your mental health state. Take a break and unplug from the news and social media every once in a while. Turn off your notifications for a little. Just be and don’t worry, the news will be there when you are ready to read it again.
Exercise: The benefits of exercise are widely known, and now is a great time to try some new ways to get moving. Many gyms and health companies are offering live streams of yoga, cardio, and so much more. Take advantage and get some exercise every day. Maybe play a game of basketball with your child or take the dog for a walk. Just remember to practice proper social distancing. Daily stretching is also a great way to stay limber and reduce tension in your muscles.
Sleep: Getting restful sleep by making it a priority can be a big stress reliever. When our minds race with worry, it can cause insomnia. Lack of sleep can then make us tired and more susceptible to feeling stressed – and the cycle can continue that way. Taking small steps like going to bed at a reasonable hour consistently and getting up at the same tie every day can help. Putting away your phone and reading a book instead can help you drift off to sleep. If you can’t sleep, take some time to think through the thoughts in your head. Write them down with ideas of things you can do the next day to help accomplish them. Lower the temperature in your room and block out the light from windows with curtains. Consider adding a white noise machine to drown out noises keeping you awake. And just breathe. Deep breaths in and out can help your mind and body relax.
More Stress Reducing Tips Coming Soon
These simple tips can make a big difference in how you feel about the stressors in your life. Check back soon for our next blog with more tips to reduce stress and deal with the life changes we are facing during these unprecedented times. AIS, Inc. is here for you to help with questions you may have about insurance.