During this pandemic, our lives are affected significantly. We are forced to adapt to the current situation. Social distancing, working from home, lockdown, and new policies while going out of home can be stressful and affect your mental health. Stress and anxiety are reported to be the most cases people experience during the crisis. Those who have responsibility to take care of others also have it harder.
Overcoming stress and anxiety to stay productive
Many business are going down due to the crisis. Many people lost their job and end up living their life in uncertainty and fear. Feeling stress and anxious is to be expected when facing this kind of crisis. Overcoming it is essential before it affects your mental health badly. Unable to overcome may also leads to having mental breakdown and inability to stay productive.
Two types of stresses
There are two types of stress people experience. The first one is acute stress which happens in everyday life caused a brief spike of tension. However, it usually disappear quickly without leaving any long-term negative effects. Meanwhile, chronic stress is caused by repetitive stressors everyday. This is considered dangerous because it can cause long-term effects to our mental and physical health.
Kind of reaction to stress
There are many different reactions people usually give following the stress. Some people tend to be immobilized while others tend to avoid anything that can make them acknowledge the issue. Some others also react by aggression or deciding to surrender to the situation.
Know what’s your coping mechanism
Overcoming stress and anxiety is not easy and might be different from one person to another. However, you can try to choose the coping mechanism that is right for you. There are many of them. For example, you can cope by focusing on the physical. It means you try taking care of yourself better by eating well, having enough rest, limiting alcohol intake, working out, etc. This can help you get some distance from stressors even temporarily.
Address the issues
You can also overcome your stress and anxiety by addressing the issues. List something that cause you to feel stressed or anxious. Try to rank the list accordingly so you know which ones are more urgent to deal with. This way, you can find the roots of the stressors.
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Overcome your issues
Once you list all the issues triggering your stress and anxiety, list a series of tasks you can do to overcome them. You can choose to take small steps for each issue. However, make sure that for every step you plan, you move forward.
Try to be more realistic
Release the tension by being more realistic. Sometimes, you suffer from stress and anxiety because you try so hard to fit in or try to reach the expectation of the others. Being afraid of failure can cause you to stress even more.
Find your mantras
Create mantras to hype yourself up. Some people find it works to make themselves felt encouraged and motivated. Self-talk can help you to understand yourself better. Make sure that you choose positive words for your self-talk session and focus on positive things. Thus, your motivation will be up.