Stress and anxiety are natural reactions to uncertain and challenging experiences. Here are some tips to manage your stress during the COVID-19 pandemic:
1. Be Gentle with Yourself
Remind yourself that your stress and anxiety are normal reactions and that there are some things happening beyond your control. Explore self-management strategies like mindfulness, yoga, creative expression, journaling and exercise. Try to relax and take it one day at a time. Cut back on the amount of time you spend on social media and the news. Stay informed but avoid constantly checking for updates and spending long periods of time watching the news.
2. Stay Connected
Although we are practicing social distancing, connect with friends and family online, by text and on the phone. Talking to others and knowing they are okay can help us feel better. Even when we cannot be close physically, we need to try to stay close emotionally.
3. Maintain a Routine
Self-isolation can be boring and difficult. Set a routine that gives your day some structure. If you are confined with others, plan with them what you will do with the time together and ensure you plan for some alone time each day. Use your time in a way that feels meaningful to you and your family members.
Eat as well as possible, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and make time for the activities and hobbies you enjoy. The importance of getting outdoors and getting fresh air. Maintaining your physical and mental health will reduce your risk of getting ill. If you are more vulnerable to COVID-19 or are in contact with others who may be vulnerable, talk to your doctor or care provider about any additional measures to take based on your situation. See the following links for up-to-date information:
Manitoba Health: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/
Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus and the COVID-19 Info Line 1-833-784-4397