COVID-19 FACT SHEET: TIPS FOR MANAGING ANXIETY AND STRESS
It has been a challenging start to 2020, and we are aware that due to COVID-19, anxiety, and stress are on the rise for many people.
It is normal that when we feel threatened, we can experience a range of thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations that might be uncomfortable. Accessing accurate information is essential to lower the amount of distress you may be feeling.
There are also some evidence-based ways you can help yourself to feel better and lead an enriching life right now.
Below are some ideas:
o Try to stay connected to people in whatever way you can o Refer to reputable sources of information, and limit the number of times you check for updates
o Be conscious of your exposure to social media and the negative impact it can have
o Keep routine in your day and add something enjoyable in where you can
o Practice some regular breathing exercises
o Enjoy some mindfulness activities such as using the CALM app, walking in nature or at the beach, or gazing at your baby or children and watching them play
o Listen to some favourite music or sing (singing activates the vagus nerve and can lessen anxiety)
o Keep active, doing whatever you enjoy (this reduces stress hormone build up)
o Try to eat a reasonably balanced diet most of the time
o Look at your bedtime rituals. Are they working for you? Can you limit screen time before bed, use low lighting, implement regular bedtimes, or just rest when you can