3 Ways to Handle Your Stress During COVID-19

Mental Health

Although we all face stress in our daily lives, life has become particularly stressful because of the COVID-19 crisis. Increased stress is the worst thing that could happen to any of us, and here’s why:

In the book, The Healing Codes, by Dr. Alexander Loyd, he talks about studies done by Dr. Bruce Lipton. (Dr. Lipton is a stem cell biologist.) According to Dr. Lipton, approximately 95 percent of disease is rooted in stress. Most disease is preventable.

Stress weakens our immune systems and makes it difficult to fight off any disease we may get. Without a strong immune system, you’re susceptible to all kinds of diseases.

With so many people working from home, or worse, laid off from their jobs, many people are under a lot of stress right now. There are many ways to deal with that stress though.

The most important thing to do is relax. Clear your mind. If you’re a creative type, there are all types of hobbies you can engage in that allow you to channel that stress. Exercise is another way to improve your creative thinking because it will flood your system with endorphins, the feel-good hormone.

Yes, You Can Channel Your Stress Into Creativity. Here’s How. Creativity is a survival strategy. “It’s in every bone in every person’s body; it was there with us in the caves. And isolation favors art, which is an intimate practice. Right now, people are working over long periods of time at the kitchen table with the kids drawing or wreaking havoc nearby. Art has always been made under these circumstances. In many ways, this is closer to what art was for the last 50,000 years than it has been for a long time.” You don’t need fancy supplies. Yes, You Can Channel Your Stress Into Creativity. Here’s How.

Another way to really lower your stress is deep breathing. The wonderful thing about deep breathing is that you can do it anywhere. This may be particularly helpful if you’re working in an essential service. Just a couple of minutes of deep, relaxing breathing just may be enough to help you relax. Below is a video from Tufts Medical Center that explains an easy breathing exercise you can do to reduce stress.

Meditation is another way to help you relax. Not only will it help you relax, but it can also help you clear your mind.

Why is relaxation so important? Because stress also ignites the flight-or-fight response. This increases the level of adrenaline in your body. By increasing the adrenaline in your body, you can respond to a crisis better.

The only problem here with the adrenaline increase is that if you’re going into flight-or-fight mode several times a day, it can really put a huge drain on your body. It will wear you out. You’ll find yourself exhausted and more susceptible to disease.

When you reduce your anxiety and stress, it releases feel-good hormones into your system like serotonin. When you feel better, you’ll make better decisions. You’ll handle any crisis much better.

Here’s a 20-minute meditation you can do that’s designed to help you deal with stress and anxiety. Although this meditation is 20 minutes long, even just 10 minutes of meditation will do a lot to help you feel better.

Whether you decide to try just one of these techniques or all of them, you can reduce your stress and make it easier to survive a health crisis. It will also help you think more clearly in any crisis.

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