#77 Tips for dealing with the stress and anxiety of COVID-19

Wellbeing: 4 Tips To Manage The Stress and Anxiety of COVID-19

These are truly uncertain and unprecedented times. Our world has changed and the way
we live has changed. It would be impossible to not feel unsure, anxious and afraid. Here
are some mental health and wellbeing tips help as we navigate this new world.

1. It’s okay to be feeling the way you’re feeling.
Feeling bad for feeling bad will not help. A good listener acknowledges and
validates what they hear from the speaker. Do the same with your emotions. I like
to think of our emotions as friendly messengers and when we listen and pay
attention to our feelings they reduce in intensity, frequency and duration.

2. The Question is how long do you want to feel that way?
There are things you can do that can help you calm and relax a little more. There are
things you can do that can make you feel a little better. Focus on the things you can
control because there are many things we can’t control in this coronavirus climate.

3. Try 4-7-8 Breathing
Breathing can be a powerful tool to manage anxiety and any overwhelming emotions.  A
simple place to start is with 4-7-8, a five-step breathing exercise that is easy and
effective. The exercise can be done anytime, anywhere, and can help relieve stress,
lower blood pressure, and induce sleep. Here’s how it works:

1. Start by putting the tip of your tongue to the top of your mouth just behind your
two front teeth.
2. Breathe in through your nose for four seconds.
3. Hold your breath for a count of seven seconds.
4. Breathe out through your mouth for a count of eight seconds. Try to make a
“whooshing” sound as you do this.

4. Some tips to looking after your mental health in home isolation (source beyond
blue)
 Remind yourself that this is a temporary period of isolation
 Remember that your effort is helping others in the community
 Stay connected with friends, family and colleagues via email, social media, or
phone
 Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing
 Keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy foods
 Try to maintain physical activity
 Maintain a healthy balance by allocating specific work hours, and taking regular
breaks
 Avoid news and social media if you find it distressing

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