Stress Management during Pandemic

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Stress is a normal reaction to everyday pressure but can become unhealthy when it upsets your day to day functioning.

Komal Kaur, Rehabilitation Psychologist

Stress is unavoidable in the current scenario, where the whole world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the increased number of positive cases and deaths due to COVID-19, every person of the world is under stress and anxiety. At this period of time, it is highly essential to manage stress so as to avoid severe consequences of adverse effect on health.

Stress is a normal reaction to everyday pressure but can become unhealthy when it upsets your day to day functioning.

Stress is the Physiological or psychological response to internal and external stressors. Stress involves changes affecting nearly every system of the body influencing how people feel and behave e.g. dry mouth, palpitation, sweating, and shortness of breath. It’s normal to feel a sense of hopelessness and loneliness in these pandemic. On the other side our mind is hijacked by bad news related to pandemic, but there are proven and proactive ways for us to get through it.

Management ways:

Regular Exercise– It benefits your mind as well as your body, 20-30min. Walk, run, swim or dance sessions in the midst of stressful time can give you immediate effects. •

Constructive your energy– Channelize your energy in constructive activity e.g. gardening, cooking, painting, playing music instruments, singing, writing. •

Connect and share– We are all part of the global crisis going through the same thing at the same time. If you feel lonely, extend your support system more broadly, participate in group activities, virtual mindfulness talks, fitness classes can also improve your sense of connection and mood.

Purposefully increase your well being– If you are obsessed with this pandemic, you need to find ways to distract yourself purposeful and constructive manner.

Choose courage our avoidance– Don’t suppress or avoid your negative emotions, instead notice your emotion, specify how you feel, understand emotion and respond with kindness.

Practicing Mindfulness– Means to experience ‘here and now’, it helps us to avoid destructive or automatic habits and observes their thoughts, emotions and other present moment experience without judging or reacting to them. This is the best time to practise.

Avoid negative and false information– During this pandemic, our mind is hijacked by negative and false information, try to avoid such news.

Prayers– It can be powerful force especially in difficult time, it give us internal strength and hopes.

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own perception of it, and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

‘’This is the time to be slow,

Lie low to the wall

Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let

The wire brush of doubt

Scrape from your heart

All sense of yourself

And your hesitant light.

 If you remain generous,

Time will come good;

And you will find your feet

Again on fresh pastures of promise,

Where the air will be kind

And blushed with beginning’’

John O” Donohue


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