by Stephanie Lopez, updated May 11, 2020
The outbreak of COVID-19 has changed many lives around the globe. It is a stressful time for everyone that has caused strong emotions in adults and children alike. Learning how to cope with stress will help make you and your community stronger. Below are some of the tips I find help me cope with stress during this time:
- Take care of your body: Spending long hours inside of the house and laying in bed is not the healthiest for your body and/or mind. I recommend going outside to catch sunlight for a few minutes. Running, walking or jogging are my favorite types of exercise. If you have a pet, play with your pet! Just taking fresh breaths of air can make a huge difference.
- Connect with friends: You can make social distancing social. We are lucky to have access to many resources to connect with friends and family. You can video call, call, or message your friends and engage in activities such as watching a movie, singing together, or even dancing! Use this time to connect with others and to check up on them.
- Read a book: A book is one of the best teachers to learn lessons about others and yourself. Find something that piques your interest or surprise yourself by enjoying a topic outside of your comfort zone and interests. A book helps you travel time and space.
I hope these simple tips will help you during this time. Remember, everyone is going through a difficult time, however, we will come out of this stronger. Please remember to be kind to one another. You never know, your smile could make their day!