How to cope with stress during a pandemic?

Stress is a common response when a lot of uncertainty around us. These days, The Pandemic hits us differently. It should be known that it is normal that we react to it. Anyhow, we could overcome stress with a couple of exercises or routines. These are my way to reduce my stress and maybe when you’re not sure if you can do something, you give it a try, and it works out?

Here are some ways to help reduce stress.

Put your thoughts aside and do your thing that the activity would be most enjoyable for you. Doing something you love also releases endorphins — feel-good chemicals that combat stress and reduce pain. It could be gardening with your home plants, playing favorite music, reading a book, or skype with your friends. Besides that trying creative things could give you a great sense of achievement when complete. For me, painting is one the best method and studies show that both creating and observing art can reduce cortisol, the ‘stress hormone’ *.

Hakan Gümüş * Untitled Painting
Hakan Gümüş * Untitled Painting
“Untitled” Details — By Me
  • Regularly Exercise

I have good news and great news. The Good one, The benefits of regular physical activity are countless. The great news is that it’s never too late to start. You could start slowly find your exercise which is more suitable for you. Calisthenic exercise is much suitable considering our situation. It is an exercise that minimum equipment with only a person’s body weight. Freeletics or Youtube could be a good source for starting points.

Roper’s Gymnasium, Philadelphia, circa 1831.**
  • Know your workload

Our jobs are captivating life profoundly, that is why it’s important to get the right work-life balance. Majorities using home-office tends to lose track of time and make over-time because you will have less time spent commuting and more time working from home. If you feel stress try to avoid long work hours, say “no” more often.

  • Just Relax

Daily Breath and Muscle exercises could ease your stress. Mindfulness and Yoga exercise to provide a means of exercise that is also meditative and helps you relieve your stress. Here is one of the wake up yoga video for starter or more.

Source:

*Normalisation of salivary cortisol levels and self-report stress by a brief lunchtime visit to an art gallery — Angela Clow with Cathrine Fredhoi, University of Westminster 2006. *How Art Changes Your Brain: Differential Effects of Visual Art Production and Cognitive Art Evaluation on Functional Brain Connectivity — Anne Bolwerk, Christian Maihofner, July 2014.

**Roper’s Gymnasium, Philadelphia, circa 1831.

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