COVID-19 has caused us to all have to adapt in many ways. The added stress can lead to a lot of different issues if not managed or addressed. Here are some simple tips to keep your mind and body healthy during COVID-19 and during other times of stress.
- Focus on the “I CAN” list instead of the “I CAN’T” list. Try to focus on the things that you are still able to do and not get locked into the mentality of what you can’t do.
- Keep moving! Try to break up the day by taking walks, bike rides, running, or whatever activity you enjoy. Movement is life and exercise is great for improved mental and physical health.
- Take breaks from your desk every 30-45 minutes and make sure that your new home desk station is ergonomically correct. Poor posture, or postural fatigue will cause increased neck and upper back pain.
- Be careful what you listen to and watch. Avoid getting stuck or absorbed in negative news and try to listen/read/watch things that are more positive or uplifting.
- Find some new patterns, routines, or rhythms. It is easy to get out of sync and have no rhythm to your days. I realized that my entire day felt off when I had no routine to my day during the first few weeks of COVID-19 and staying at home. I have started to get back into my typical routines and have felt much better during the day.
- Go to bed at a similar time every day and wake up at a similar time each day. The body likes routine and sleep is one of those things that can be thrown off by staying up later or sleeping in later because you don’t have to be somewhere the next day.
These are a few things that you can do to try and improve your mind and body health during this current situation, or even after.
Stress management doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does require you to pause and think about what you are doing or not doing.