The Covid-19 global crisis will likely sit at or near the top of your list of the most stressful seasons ever.
There isn’t one area of our lives not affected by the social distancing and shelter in place orders, closed school and church buildings, offices going online, cancelled travel plans, delayed medical appointments and procedures, and the constant stream of devastating news related to the pandemic.
Even with some states, cities, businesses, and medical services starting to open up some, life is far from normal.
And all of that on top of the usual stresses of everyday life. While you and I can find much to be grateful for in every season, the stresses of change and uncertainty are real.While you and I can find much to be grateful for in every season, the stresses of change and uncertainty are real. Click To Tweet
Friend, I’m in this chaotic and wonderful life with you, and I’m hoping these five suggestions help you lighten the load.
1 Get real with yourself
Be honest with yourself in regard to your limitations. Are you expecting too much of yourself during this topsy-turvy time? Give yourself some grace, along with permission to say “no” when it’s the best answer.
2 Engage in artistic expression
Draw. Write in your journal. Play the piano, the guitar, a flute. Paint a rock. Create a found object sculpture. Give yourself a creativity break.Give yourself a creativity break. Click To Tweet
3 Do something fun
Childlike play can press your reset button. Color outside the lines. Blow bubbles. Hopscotch. Schedule a dance party for yourself. Include your family, or not. You decide what you’d consider a fun break in your routine.
4 Head out on a Prayer Walk
This one sits at the top of my personal go-to list. You change your surroundings. Engage in exercise. Drink in some Vitamin D. All this while you’re expressing your gratitude and petition to God. Doesn’t this one feel especially satisfying to us multi-taskers?
5 Seek out support
Don’t do life alone. Ask a friend, family member, or mental health professional for help.Don't do life alone. Click To Tweet
I’d love to hear from you. How are you managing your stress? Any of these strategies appeal to you?