What is stress ? Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain resulting in adverse or demanding circumstances.
The body’s initial response to stress goes into a “ flight or fight “ response. These symptoms can be seen during this phase as reflective to the initial response , such as being anxious , angry and quick to anger, difficulty sleeping , muscle tensions , and increased heart rate. Over time sustaining stress can overwhelm and exhaust the body. These responses can be seen in depression , social withdrawal, fatigue, lack of motivation , and even poor personal care.
Some stresses we see today include:
- Essential family members going into work still and their returns home
- Working in new situations and different conditions
- Seeing the effects of COVID-19 firsthand
- Having to self quarantine daily
What can you do to decrease stress :
- Take care of yourself. Maintain your physical, mental and emotional health by eating well-balanced meals, getting enough sleep and rest, doing things that bring you joy and staying connected to family and friends.
- Connect with others. Let the person know you are concerned about them and how you may be able to help.
- Be kind, calm and compassionate in your words and actions towards others.
- Develop problem focused coping skills to change what you can.
- Create emotion focused coping strategies.
- Do something positive that helps you feel better.
- Engage in self-care behaviors such as stretching or meditating; eating healthy, balanced meals; exercising; sleeping; and spending time doing hobbies or other activities that you enjoy.
- Stay connected to people who are important to you through the methods that are available to you.