5 Ways to Tame Your Stress in a Pandemic Era (and Beyond!)
Working from home has its perks. It also presents its own unique set of challenges. Both pros and cons, of course, come in addition to your standard list of career-related benefits and stressors. Now, add pandemic related worries, family commitments, and all that other good stuff you’re juggling on top of the work-related highs and lows. No matter how much you love your life, you’ve got stress to deal with.
If you’re lucky, you had a system for managing your stress in your “BC” (Before-COVID) life. Maybe you had a weekly fitness class you found solace in. You planned and took fantastic family vacations. You signed-up for “just because it’s fun” classes and workshops. You met friends for dinner and drinks. You had managed to manage your stress by finding the release valve. If social distancing and other pandemic related measures put a crimp in your stress-relief protocols, while simultaneously upping your stress, take heart. There’s plenty you can do chip way at the tension and regroup in this season too.
Walk It Off
Short walks. Long walks. Walks on a treadmill. Walks in the neighborhood or at the park or on the beach. It doesn’t matter what shape your stroll takes, just get out there and do it. Exercise releases endorphins, which in turn gives you a boost in energy and mood. Walk alone for a time of self-reflection or walk with a partner for a good conversation. Walk while you listen to an audiobook or podcast. Walk while you chat on the phone with an old friend. Walk for a mile or 5 miles. Just get up and move. You’ll be grateful you did.
Clutter isn’t good for your stress levels. Yes, for some, organization comes naturally and others of us have to work a little at it. Regardless, getting your work space, your goals, your schedule, and your to-do list in some sense of order that works for you can help reduce your stress. Sure, for some, the process of cleaning and organization can be a source of tension in and of itself; however, losing track of important documents, rushing on to a nearly forgotten conference call and losing track of your lucky pen can increase your stress, too. Regain some control by organizing your work and personal life in a way that makes sense to you and you’ll find a…