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Navigating Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Understanding Emotional Distress and Strategies for Resilience

Like many others, you’re likely striving to maintain composure amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, the challenges can feel overwhelming. Concerns about loved ones’ health, conflicting media reports, and economic uncertainties contribute to heightened stress levels.

Recognising Signs of Emotional Strain and Coping Mechanisms

Individuals respond differently to stress, but typical indicators may include:

  • Disrupted sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Exacerbation of chronic health issues
  • Increased reliance on alcohol, tobacco, or other substances

If you’re grappling with significant stress, consider the following coping strategies:

1) Moderate Media Exposure

Maintaining a balanced perspective is vital amidst the constant barrage of sensationalised news. To mitigate overwhelm, limit exposure to media sensationalism and verify information from reliable sources.

2) Nurturing Body and Mind

Prioritise self-care by spending time outdoors for fresh air and gentle exercise. Maintain a balanced diet, hydration, and adequate sleep. Cultivate meaningful connections with loved ones to foster emotional well-being.

3) Embrace Playfulness

Engage in recreational activities, particularly with children, to rediscover the joy of play. Whether indoor games, outdoor adventures, or shared movie nights, laughter is a potent antidote to stress.

4) Support Local Businesses

Extend a helping hand to struggling local establishments by purchasing vouchers or supporting their services. Community contributions can foster a sense of purpose and altruism amidst adversity.

5) Be a Positive Influence

Demonstrate resilience and composure to reassure children and loved ones during this challenging period. Your steadfastness can instil confidence and stability in uncertain times.

6) Utilise Time Productively

Leverage any surplus time gained from reduced commuting for productive pursuits. Tackle pending home projects or explore hobbies to promote a sense of accomplishment and fulfilment.

If you or your loved ones find yourselves overwhelmed by stress or depression, seeking professional support is advisable. I offer counselling sessions via Zoom from my office in Hove. Reach out to schedule an initial consultation at your convenience.

Remember, amidst the uncertainties, support and guidance are available to help navigate these unprecedented times.

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