How to Manage Stress in a Crisis

Advice on staying emotionally healthy through difficult times

It’s one that we can overcome, together.

The unknown is one of the biggest causes of worry and stress, and understandably these emotions are running rampant throughout our cities, towns, and communities.

1. Talk to others, but limit unproductive complaining.

It can be freeing to talk with others about the anxiety, fear, and challenges that the world is experiencing right now. It helps us to feel connected and less alone. It also validates our experience and helps us to feel heard.

2. Be giving.

Generosity doesn’t have to be a monetary amount, but rather could be a bag of rice, or fruit, or toilet paper.

3. Take a cognitive break.

It’s far too easy to find ourselves mentally exhausted from our on-the-go lifestyles and constant stressors. But because our brains enjoy being stimulated, we can end up getting stuck in “on” mode 24/7. Even while we’re resting, we read, scan social media, watch TV, or think about other projects.

4. Validate your feelings.

Stress and anxiety have a negative connotation because we all want to avoid pain and discomfort. This can make it difficult to face these emotions, which is completely normal.

5. Seek help when you need it.

Many people, communities, and organizations are banding together for the good of humanity. Even while staying home, people are helping and looking out for others.

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We will get through this, together.

Wishing you healing, peace, and love.

Seeking support?

Here a few resources that may help:

Find a teletherapist (search your zip code and check the online/teletherapy option).

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