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These current times are stressful for even the most resilient individuals. We are all experiencing the "same storm but on different boats". Whether it's working on the frontlines, working from home and juggling homeschooling or simply just adjusting to a new circumstance, mental and physical stress can pile up quickly.
While we work to slow the spread it's important, now, more than ever, to protect our mental well-being as well as our physical health. Try some of these tips to manage your stress at home.
1. Stick to a Healthy Diet
It's understandable that stress eating can be tempting during this time. The best way to combat this is to be attentive to what triggers your stress eating. Prepare yourself by keeping healthy snacks on demand that will provide nourishment to your body.
For established patients of the Eze Wellness & Weight Loss program, you can now virtually consult with the medical practitioner from the comfort of your home. Get the accountability, support and guidance you need to keep your weight under control during these difficult times. Call our office for more details.
2. Exercise Regularly
Although gyms are closed while stay-at-home and social distancing orders are in place, try to combat the urge to fall into the habit of staying sedentary. Releasing endorphins through exercise can help you feel better and maintain a positive attitude. Try to get at least 30-60 minutes of aerobic exercise per day by walking, jogging, or even playing with the kids.
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3. Create Boundaries
While it is important to stay informed and up-to-date with the latest news and developments this can easily become overwhelming as the pandemic continues to unfold. Prepare, but don't panic. When reasonably possible disconnect and focus your attention elsewhere. Reorganize something, start a new or unfinished project, practice guided meditation and breathing, or have a family game night.
4. Get Quality Sleep
Keeping up with the ever-changing news environment at this time can create a lot of stress, stress that gets amplified when you don’t get enough sleep. It is important now more than ever to get the recommended 6-8 hours of quality sleep. Not only does this help to reduce your stress but getting quality sleep is beneficial for your immune system. If you're having a hard time getting to sleep, try using white noise and aromatherapy to help you relax.
5. Connect with Friends and Family (Virtually)
While we cannot all be physically together at this time we can still stay connected. Try to reach out to your friends, family, and colleagues regularly via phone, text, facetime or other virtual platforms. Make sure you're checking on those who are alone. Talk with the people that you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
If you need some extra help managing your stress, no worries! Our team has compiled resources of mental health specialists and counselors who can help you during this difficult time. All offer virtual consultations so you can participate right from the comfort of your home.
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