This unusual time in both healthcare and the world certainly can create feelings of anxiety and stress. Uncertainties about your personal situation, seeing concerning news stories every day and managing your family’s wellbeing all contribute to stress and anxiety.
Now more than ever, self-care is important and mindfulness of how stress may manifest can help you address potential symptoms. Signs of increased stress can include anger and irritability, racing thoughts, inability to focus or constant worry; some may feel down or depressed. Stress can also cause physical symptoms such as insomnia, upset stomach, aches and pains and feeling fatigued.
Some ways that may help in managing your stress include:
- Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Speak to your doctor if you feel your stress is becoming unmanageable or you feel you need help coping with your emotions.
Over time, unmanaged stress can take a physical and an emotional toll. Being mindful of how you are feeling and how you are managing your stress is a great way to take care during these most unusual times.