25 Ways To Deal With Stress During the Coronavirus Outbreak

From minor challenges to major crises, stress is part of life. And while you can’t always control your circumstances, you can control how you respond to them.

1. Count your blessings. Even on our worst days, we have many things to be thankful for.

2. Keep a diary. It helps you express yourself and gives you a place to look when reflecting on the past.

3. Maintain a deliberate positive outlook.

4. Keep a positive attitude.

5. Breathe! Harness the power of your own inner strength and take control of your body with breathing exercises.

6. Pace yourself. Don’t try to do too much at one time.

7. Accept that there are events that you cannot control.

8. Be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.

9. Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation, yoga, or tai-chi for stress management.

10. Make sure you get enough sleep.

11. Talk it out. The best way to cope with concerns or a problem is to get things out in the open.

12. Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.

13. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.

14. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.

15. Learn to manage your time more effectively.

16. Set limits appropriately and learn to say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life.

17. Make time for hobbies, interests, and relaxation.

18. Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.

19. Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress.

20. Read – for distraction and for the sake of knowledge and inspiration

21. Spend time with an animal friend. Petting a cat or playing with a dog can be immensely helpful for relieving stress.

22. Do a puzzle. Whether you prefer sudoku or a crossword puzzle, focusing your energy on a critical thinking task provides a great distraction from stressors.

23. Escape through music. Playing, singing, or just listening to your favorite tunes will surely bring a smile to your face.

24. Try aromatherapy. Inhaling certain scents has been shown to produce a calming effect.

25. Seek treatment with a psychologist or other mental health professional trained in stress management or biofeedback techniques to learn healthy ways of dealing with the stress in your life.

Symptoms of stress

Although we all experience stress differently, some common symptoms include:

Difficulty sleeping;
Weight gain or weight loss;
Stomach pain;
Irritability;
Teeth grinding;
Panic attacks;
Headaches;
Difficulty concentrating;
Sweaty hands or feet;
Heartburn;
Excessive sleeping;
Social isolation;
Fatigue;
Nausea;
Feeling overwhelmed;
and obsessive or compulsive behaviors.
More examples of stress symptoms can be found here at The American Institute of Stress website.

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