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How to handle stress during the Pandemic 2020

It’s a very surreal time and we’re all doing our bit to fight the Coronavirus Pandemic by practicing social distancing and staying home but with that, comes an immense and overwhelming feeling of stress.

Here’s how we’re tackling stress and gaining a sense of normality this Spring.

 

What is stress?

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. Pressure turns into stress when you feel unable to cope. It’s an overwhelming emotion that we’re all subject to and we each react differently in stressful situations.

Whilst some of us shut off from the world and ‘pretend it’s not happening’ others may experience persistent sweating, difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating and loss of appetite.

You may feel anxious, temperamental or irritable and it’s likely that you’ll find it very hard to switch off. It’s normal to also experience headaches, muscle tension or pain, or dizziness.

 

5 Tips to relieve stress

1. It’s time to get active!

Exercise is the biggest stress buster! While it may seem we have limited access at the moment, the possibilities are actually endless! A brisk walk, jog, run or bike ride is perfect and gets you out of the house. But with the wizardry world of social media, we’re able to join in with TOP personal trainers and celebrity fitness coaches alike, to keep fit in the comfort of our own homes and gardens. There really is something for everyone and the entire household can get involved too, why not tune into YouTube LIVE everyday at 9:00am for PE with food & fitness sensation Joe Wicks, it’s currently ranking #1 at team HC!

After all, no ones ever said ‘I feel worse after exercising’. It’s proven to release endorphins, also known as the happy hormone. Just 15 minutes of exercise a day will make all the difference to your mental wellbeing, not to mention the benefit of keeping fit, what’s not to loose?

2. R&R

Just breathe and take a moment for yourself. Run yourself a soothing bubble bath, light a candle on and finish your book! You’ve been on that chapter for way too long now.

Why not treat yourself to an at-home, DIY Facial? The benefits of a beauty facial would be more for the short-term and gratifying wonders of the treatment. Sink into pure relaxation and experience the spa-like elements of this treatment. Simply thoroughly cleanse, exfoliate, extract, mask, repair, RELAX and moisturise your skin for a radiant and completely revitalised finish.

However you choose to unwind, just make sure you do. Although we’re all home, many of us are still juggling work, children and digital-socialising! Don’t let it catch up with you, make time for YOU.

3. Put that coffee down!

We know that smoking, excessive volumes of alcohol and nail biting are bad habits we should stop. But what about your innocent, ‘I-cannot-function-without’ coffee?

Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolate and energy drinks. High doses can increase anxiety; People have different thresholds for how much caffeine they can tolerate. Step out of your routine and reach for a fresh pressed juice instead? What better time to test and trial your favourite combinations!

4. STOP procrastinating

When it all gets too much, it’s easy to leave things or ‘come back to it’ (and then never do!) so write yourself a list. Something visual of all your things to-do with REALISTIC deadlines. It may seem a little daunting as the list grows and grows but the satisfaction of ticking them off one-by-one is even greater. We find that a fresh page or note for each daily list works best, it’ll allow your brain to visualise more clearly. So, that ‘miscellaneous’ drawer you’ve been putting off for months, get started.

5. Gratitude

It’s an extremely stressful and uncertain time, many of us are finding ourselves reeling on the negatives and unsure of what to manage first. Take a minute to reflect on all of the things in your life that you’re grateful for now and in the future and instead of focusing on the negatives, praise yourself on everything that’s to come instead.

We’re way too hard on ourselves and we don’t deserve the added pressure. So, jot it down and remember all the good in your life.

 

AND JUST REMEMBER

Whatever you’re experiencing just know that it’s completely normal but it’s important to understand that stress can turn into something more serious, so de-stress now rather than later.

If you wish to seek further advice, we advise contacting your GP or visit NHS Inform and just remember, we’re all in this together, this will NOT last forever.

 

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By HC MedSpa
27th March 2020

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