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  • Writer's pictureALIVIA HYLAND '21

How to Destress During a Pandemic

With everything going on in our world today, we may find ourselves getting more stressed or anxious than normal. Below are some tips on some things you can do to ease your mind of some of these feelings in a productive and healthy way!

Take breaks reading and watching the news. Although it is important to keep yourself informed of the world around you, it is equally important to not stress yourself out over all of the heavy stories the news covers.

Take care of your body. It is super important to make sure you are keeping up with your health by eating balanced meals and staying active. That can mean going on a run or even just getting out of bed. Active means something different for everyone!

Try meditating. Along with taking care of your body, it is also important to make sure you are keeping your mental health in check. Meditating is a great way to ground yourself in times of high or low stress situations!

Pick up a new hobby. It can be easy to always be on your phone looking at news or social media, so try finding a new hobby that makes you happy! This could be picking up a good book, painting, gardening, and so much more!

Make time for family. Although we were all stuck at home during the lockdown and spent a lot of time with our families, it is important to continue to build lasting relationships with our families. This could mean sitting down together for meals, board games, or even a movie!

Spend some time outside. It essential to go outside and get some fresh air, especially since we are pent up inside for the majority of the day. When I am stressed, it always makes me feel better to go outside and look at how beautiful our city is!

Connect with others. In times like these, it is easy to lose touch with our friends and the people around us. Make an effort to listen to others and to connect with people; it is so essential to life!

Distract yourself. When you find yourself getting stressed or anxious, take a break and distract yourself with coloring, a game on your phone (like Candy Crush or Scrabble), or a puzzle. Things that require a lot of brain power or thinking can really help to take your mind off an issue for a while!

Sleep! With everything going on, it is super important to take care of your body by not only staying active, but also by sleeping a decent amount of hours at night! You will feel so refreshed and ready to tackle the next day if you give yourself a break and sleep awhile!

Seek help when needed! If you find that none of these tips aid in easing your stress, don’t be afraid to seek help.There are many places to seek help from, such as calling a hotline, talking to your friends, or going to your counselor for help. I promise there is always someone happy to listen and help! You are so loved! :)

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