Coping with stress during the Coronavirus
The outbreak of Coronavirus may be more stressful for some people than others. There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the virus, so it creates fear and stress throughout communities. It is normal to be stressed, but everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. One thing we know for certain is that stress and fear cause your blood’s glucose levels to rise if you are a Type 2 Diabetic. Fear can also lead to a weaker immune system. So, it is important to take all precautionary measures to ensure you are as calm as possible, while also remaining safe! Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger!
If you are experiencing any of the following, it is possible that you are feeling stress during the Coronavirus outbreak:
- Chronic conditions worsening
- Changes in sleeping patterns
- Changes in eating patterns
- Worrying about your health or the health of loved ones
- Feeling fearful
Taking care of yourself is a priority during this time. If you exercise regularly, follow a strict sleeping and eating schedule, keep it up! These are things that will help make this situation feel like a “manageable reality”. Taking care of your friends and family can also help you cope with your own stress!
What can you do to support yourself?
We all need to look for ways to get all of the information we need, while also entertaining ourselves, feeding ourselves, and trying to balance “normal” life as best as we can from indoors. So, what are some ways to do all that?
- Connecting with others. Talking to your friends and family about your concerns will help calm your nerves. You have a support system!
- Taking care of your body. Stick to the things that are important to you and good for your body. Sleep well, eat well, and try to maintain a level of activity, even indoors. It’s doable! 🙂
- Try something new. Have you wanted to start painting? Did you want to make that recipe you keep saving in your folder? Well, we have the time to unwind, so let’s make productive use of it! This can help relieve stress because your mind is keeping busy!
- Do not panic over the news and social media. If you find yourself stressing over the news, take a break for a day and put yourself first!
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