COVID-19 pandemic made the previous year challenging for everyone. Due to the lockdown and strict restrictions, we had to change every part of our life. The situation influenced the way we work, shop, drink coffee with friends and, even, see our family members.
This, inevitably, left consequences on our mental health and resulted in something that has been named COVID stress syndrome. COVID stress syndrome refers to various pandemic-related fears, such as being infected by the virus, coming in contact with someone, losing a job, having a close person infected, etc. Eventually, all of this started to build up and we feel more stressed out than ever.
In order to help you deal with pandemic stress, we made a list of useful ways which you can incorporate in your day-to-day life to relieve some of the anxiety.
Adapting the daily routine and sticking with it
Usually, the first advice that we hear when talking about dealing with stress during the pandemic is to stick to your pre-pandemic habits. However, the question is whether that is even possible. Is it really sustainable to have the same day-to-day life when we work only from home, shop online, exercise at home, or drink coffee with our friends only via video chat?
Since we are restricted with the activities we can do and places we can go, people found that one of the ways to stop stressing out about this is to let go of our pre-pandemic patterns and build a new one.
The best way to do that is to identify the activity which consumes the most time out of your day, such as your job, and build around it. Try to do something that makes you happy first thing in the morning, to start the day right. For example, if you are used to exercising in the gym every morning, adapt those exercises and start doing them at home. Additionally, find a hobby that you can do in the evenings so that you can look forward to it during the tedious day of work. In this uncertain time, it is important to have something stable to bring us comfort, and daily routine can provide exactly that.
Using stress relief tools and gadgets
Since relieving stress is easier said than done, certain gadgets were invented to assist you in the process. There are simple and affordable ones such as stress balls, coloring pages for adults, and a zen garden. However, as the demand for this kind of gadget has grown in the past year, more technologically advanced tools have been invented. Some of them are the Sona bracelet, which trains your resilience to stress, or Muse, a headband that tracks your brain signals and in accordance with them, plays guiding sounds to help you remain calm.
Using stress relief remedies
In order to deal with stress, people have also turned to some natural products with calming effects.
One of those solutions is kava, the stress relief tea. Kava is a popular drink in the South Pacific, and recently it became widely used all over the world. It aids us in dealing with anxiety, stress, insomnia, restlessness, and similar conditions, as it affects the brain and central nervous system.
Another remedy that increasingly started being used for stress relief is vaping. Although still a bit controversial tool, research has shown that it helps with relaxation since participants stated that they experienced an increase in a positive attitude. It is believed that one of the reasons behind this is that while vaping, the flow of information is slower and you receive a calming effect. Also, there is a range of vape flavors you can try out and choose the one that suits your taste buds best.
Finally, if none of the above worked for you, ask for support.
There is nothing wrong or shameful about needing help to deal with a difficult situation.
Reach out to a friend or family member you trust and tell them about your troubles and worries. They may be experiencing the same problems without you knowing, or if not, they will listen and understand you.
However, if you would rather talk to an impartial person, try stress counseling. A professional will be able to provide you with the right techniques and tools to aid you to deal with stress amid this pandemic.
In the end…
Hopefully, some of these tips were useful and informative, and that they will be useful for surviving this pandemic stress-free.