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Managing Covid-19 stress

As the implications of Covid-19 continue to unfold globally and in our local communities, it is rational for people to experience feeling frustrated, helpless or stressed. These emotions are understandable following the rapid lifestyle changes but becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.

 

April is National Stress Awareness Month which provides the perfect opportunity for us all to take a moment to think about our mental wellbeing and find advice on managing stress. With that in mind, we wanted to share a few strategies to help you cope with stress related to the Covid-19 outbreak:

1. Take a break from the News

Although it is important to stay updated with new developments and implications of the Covid-19 outbreak, but information overload can be upsetting. Try switching your screens off occasionally.

2. Take care of your body

Aside from staying safe, stay healthy. Maintain a healthy lifestyle including proper diet, sleep and exercise. If you prefer a less-strenuous activity, try  meditation and deep breaths to release stress.

3. Connect with others

We may not be able to socialise with out loved ones for the time being, but we can remain connected digitally. Talk to people you trust about your concerns and how you’re feeling.

4. Take time to unwind

Set aside at least 30 minutes each day to do something you enjoy. During self- isolation there is plenty of time to indulge in your favourite hobbies.

This situation may be overwhelming, but coping with stress will enable you take calm and effective action.

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