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Tips to Manage Stress During COVID 19

In the domain of Public Relations, the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus can have a significant impact on family, finances and trying to fulfill work commitments.  Social distancing has created unexpected opportunities for families, couples and friends to stay at home. Being quarantined at home can bring out many emotions like anxiety, irritation, frustration, sadness, anger and feeling overwhelmed.

COVID-19 outbreak brings with it profound shifts in day to day functioning. The transition to working from home can be a challenge. It is important to keep in mind that it takes time and effort to adjust to significant changes in routine.

In this time of uncertainty, there are a few things that we can keep in mind to manage our stress levels.

Work

  • Try to create a separate workspace at home.
  • Maintain a structured routine- Allocate time for work, meals, sleep, leisure, family and self-care. Make sure to change into a different attire while starting your day.
  • Limit the time that you are consuming news- Set aside a specific time in the day where you will read/ watch current news from trustworthy sources.

Self

  • It is beneficial to follow a sleep hygiene wherein you restrict all electronic use at least 1 hour before sleep, try to engage in activities of leisure or relaxation during that time and avoid engaging in any work or stressful activities on the bed.
  • Make time to exercise or engage in a physical activity
  • Take time out for self-care – Engage in hobbies like reading, dancing, singing, listening to music or arts.
  • If you notice increase in stress levels or anxiety-Set aside a time in the day where you will address the anxious thoughts and come up with strategic solutions.
  • Avoid excessive use of substances like alcohol, tobacco or drugs to deal with the stress.
  • Take time out to meditate, pray or engage in mindfulness activities.

Family

  • It is important to understand all the members in the family are going through a stressful time-Try to listen to their views and validate their experiences.
  • Involve family members in day to day chores and activities.
  • Make time to interact and engage with family members at home- It could be in the form of watching a tv show/ movie or playing board games together.
  • If any conflict arises at home, try to communicate openly and focus on the solution, avoid focusing on who is to blame for the problem.
  • Maintain social connectedness using technology- social media, video calls, online games to stay connected to extended family and friends.

Authored by Ms. Akshita Hariharan, Consultant clinical Psychologist, Vikram Hospital Bengaluru
LinkedIn Profile- https://www.linkedin.com/in/akshita-hariharan-52789815/