Have you been kind to your mind throughout this pandemic, these protests, and your personal affairs? The world is going through a tough time, so it is important to maintain a good mindset. Everyone has undergone difficult situations, but this year is likely something you've never dealt with. Let's take a look at stress and how we can cope with it in times like these to ensure a healthy lifestyle.
noun. a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.
What are the effects of stress?
Stress, if not addressed, can lead to anxiety.
Stress, causing your heart rate to speed up, can increase blood pressure.
Stress, causing rapid and heavy breathing, can strain the lungs.
Stress can put your digestive system out of balance.
Stress can make your more prone breakouts of rashes and acne.
Stress can cause you to gain weight, leading to other cardiovascular problems.
How to Cope with Stress
Having a healthy diet
Getting enough sleep (7-9 hours/night)
Making time for hobbies
Practicing yoga and/or meditation
Doing exercise regularly
Learning breathing techniques
Massaging tense areas
There are events and situations that are far out of our control. Pause when you are overwhelmed and acknowledge those feelings. Take a break from tuning into the news all the time. Though it may help you stay informed, news can be toxic and cause all your worries.