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Navigating Stress

Over the last few months, there have been so many changes. We’ve all had to adapt to new lifestyles whether that be working from home, taking classes from home, having a full-house, working out at home, etc. Even though all the current events have affected each of us in different ways and extremes, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all experienced a new level of stress. Personally, I’ve had many highs and lows since everything changed back in March, but I’m also having a hard time getting out of my rut. Even though, yes, shops, gyms, restaurants, and bars are all starting to open, I’m still having a hard time “acting normal” again. So if you can relate to anything I just said, I’m going to share some of the things I’ve been trying in hopes to feel “normal” again.

Working Through Your Stress and Anxiety

  1. Talk to your family. Sometimes you’ll feel better by just talking about what’s on your mind. It helps get all the thoughts out of your head. You can ask your mom, dad, brother, sister, grandma, whoever to either listen or to offer some advice on next steps. For me, the person I always vent to is my mom. And you know what they say about moms–they’re always right. But she’s also a great listener and never makes me feel bad for feeling off. So maybe talking to the people who know you best will help you too!
  2. Reach out to friends. Making plans with your friends to go out or grab some lunch can help you feel a sense of normality. It’ll get you out of the house and could take your mind off the things stressing you out.
  3. Clear your head. This could look different for everyone. Some people find clarity in exercise, journaling, or cooking (and many, many other things). Whatever hobby that brings some happiness is good. You don’t have to do this every day, but try to set aside time for something that you actually enjoy once a week.
  4. Take time to do nothing. And I really mean nothing. No work, no emails, no school work. Stay off social media and relax. You could have a movie day, binge some Netflix, lay outside and tan, or go to the beach. Sometimes by doing nothing, you can reset/recenter/regroup (whatever word we want to use here) and you’ll feel ready to take on responsibilities the next day.

Written by GUADS staff member ToniĀ 

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