The Stress of It All

The current pandemic has affected us all in one way, shape, or form. Life as we know it has changed, and we are all still trying to find “our new normal”. Such drastic changes, in such a short amount of time, will inevitably lead to increased fear, frustration, sadness, anxiety, and grief. But just know, you are not alone in what you are feeling.

Everyone I have spoken with during the last month or so has expressed one of these feelings, and often more than one. We are concerned for our loved ones, concerned about providing for our families, grieving those we have lost, or those who must be away from home due to job expectations. We are tired, we are stressed, and most do not know where to turn. Hopefully, the information shared below will help one of you find a way to cope with “the stress of it all”.

Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension, which can greatly affect our overall physical and mental health. Our inability to lower our stress levels can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, anxiety and even obesity. Learning to cope with stress before it escalates out of control is a great way to reduce your chances of developing some of these conditions.

Some helpful coping strategies include:

Listening to calming music- studies have demonstrated calming music can slow your heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and lower cortisol levels which are directly associated with stress.

Reading Bible scriptures/Praying/Meditating

Going outside

Engaging in exercise

Journaling

Participating in something creative

Serving others

Stress will always be a part of our lives but learning how to cope with stress appropriately will make a world of difference. If you find that these simple coping skills do not work for, consider talking to a professional. You may need additional support and guidance to work through your daily stressors.

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