Coping with Stress and Anxiety due to Covid-19

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As people continue with their daily lives in a global pandemic, the spread of Covid-19 can be stressful which in turn causes bad anxiety. With the new norms and rules that many have to follow such as social distancing, being isolated can be detrimental to one’s physical and mental health. Here are some tips on how to deal with stress during the Covid-19 pandemic.

•EXERCISE AND MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET
Exercise plays an important role when it comes to dealing with stress. While exercising, you will feel good and energetic which can be a mental stress reliever. Also, maintain a healthy diet to have a stronger immune system which lowers the risk of chronic illnesses and infectious diseases.

•BEING PRODUCTIVE
It’s important to continue giving your day some structure. Following a schedule or routine can reduce decision fatigue, boost productivity, and fend off depression.

•KNOWING THE FACTS
Most people become unnerved about Covid-19 based on what they hear or see from media outlets. Taking the time to research and learn about the facts about this disease will help reduce stress and anxiety.

•TAKING CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Social distancing has transformed many individual’s social lives, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay in touch with those people who are important to you. Phone calls help, but sometimes you need to see a face. Utilize video chat programs such as What’s App, Skype and Zoom to keep the lines of communication open which will do wonders for your mental well being. You may find it therapeutic to reconnect with old friends or relatives you may have lost touch with throughout the years.

•GET OUTDOORS
Although some may be fearful of going outdoors due to the pandemic, getting some sun and fresh air can help reduce stress caused by anxiety over Covid-19.  Going for a walk around your neighborhood or even just sitting on your home patio will do wonders for your mental and physical health.

Hopefully with these tips you will be able to navigate this global pandemic and find some type of relief. Dealing with this virus may be stressful and scary but taking the time out to manage self care can reduce the amount of stress and anxiety someone may have.

Kyla Washington is a Junior from Chicago, Illinois majoring in Mass Communications/Broadcasting. She will be a contributor to The Campus Chronicle for the 2020-2021 school year.

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