Stress Management during Coronavirus (COVID-19) – 10 Tips

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4 Stress Management Techniques (Especially useful during Coronavirus Pandemic)

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Managing Stress During COVID-19

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Find Courage From Within During Hard Times

 

Find Courage From Within During Hard Times

Do you often find yourself wishing you had more courage? Are you currently facing hard times? The truth is that courage comes from within and you just need to find it. And there are a number of ways you can do so.

Learn To Manage Your Fear

The first step in finding your inner courage is to find a way to manage your current fears. And this can be accomplished by simply naming them, and then discussing with yourself why you are afraid of something.

For example, if you are afraid to do or say something at your job because you may lose your job, chances are what you are really afraid of is losing your income. Now that you’ve discovered the true cause of your fear, it can be easier to realize the thing you were afraid of isn’t so bad after all and work towards solving the real fear instead.

Decide That You Want To Be Courageous

The mind is a powerful tool. If you decide that you are afraid, then you will be. This is why you should decide that you will be courageous. One of the ways you can do this is by giving yourself a pep talk, or developing a mantra that you can repeat to yourself when you find your confidence faltering.

Don’t Make Everything A Catastrophe

When you experience fear, much of it can be attributed to the fact that you catastrophizing what could possibly happen and not keeping yourself grounded. In the above example, the fear of losing your job, you are probably thinking that you will run out of money and end up on the street—and this is catastrophizing. Instead, reel it back. If you lose your job, tell yourself that you will find another, better, job without a problem. See the difference?

Develop Healthy Daily Rituals

Another part of being courageous is developing healthy daily rituals to keep your confidence up and stress levels down. You can do this by waking each morning to positive, upbeat music which tells you what a great person you are.

You can also consume other positive media such as inspiring books and movies. Then develop a workout or meditation routine to help clear your mind and focus on what a great person you are. It is also advised that you consider keeping a journal where you can record positive affirmations and all your progress towards finding your courage.

Think Of Your Future Self

When you are faced with danger, you will often times develop tunnel vision, only being able to see the here and now and all the bad things which may be happening. Put a stop to this by looking forward at your future self instead of focusing only on the present. Remind yourself that this situation won’t last, and that you are better than this.

Draft some goals and visualize yourself achieving them. Then, no matter what you are facing, start to work towards these dreams. Chances are you’ll find a creative solution to the problem you are currently facing and it will be over before you know it.

Conclusion

Overall, finding courage in difficult times is no easy task. But your courage resides within you, and you just need to find it. If you work first to quell your fears, then tell yourself that you have the courage, you will be surprised by how much better you can feel.

Then work to bring out your courage by developing healthy rituals and thinking of the future. Before you know it, the hard times will be behind you and you will be feeling more courageous than ever before.

 

Staying Focused During Breaks

Staying Focused During Breaks

Staying Focused During Breaks

Introduction

When you are working for a long time, it is extremely beneficial to take short breaks. However, if you become too absorbed in your down time, it can be difficult to get back into the flow.

For this reason it is important to maintain some level of thought on your current task, even when you’re taking an interlude. One way to stay focused is to engage in energizing break activities—this is particularly effective for study sessions. A couple of these activities include going outside and practicing meditation.

Going Outside

Never underestimate the impact that a breath of fresh air can have, especially when you are fully focused and engaged in a task. You can start to feel cooped up and restless, and even a brief outdoor endeavor can make a big difference.

Some options for breaktime outdoor activities include:

  • Taking a quick walk

    • If you have a dog, you can take them with you

  • Sitting on the porch, patio, or other outdoor space

  • Go out and pick up your favorite coffee

Along with the benefit of alleviating restlessness, taking short walks also help with brain function, cognitive performance, and memory—all of which you can use when your break ends.

Practicing Meditation

Meditation has a myriad of benefits when you’re trying to maintain a level of focus. It can take as little as a couple of minutes to make an impact on your brain and ability to refocus when the time comes.

Some suggested meditation practices are:

  • Deep breathing (for any duration of time)

  • Stretching or doing yoga

  • Sitting down in a quiet, empty room to be alone with your thoughts

Since what some find relaxing others don’t, it is best to pick an activity that is the most soothing to you for your meditation period. Some people enjoy listening to a bit of soothing music, petting their animals, or tidying up the room to be the most relaxing.

The ultimate objective is to choose a tranquil activity that will refresh your mind without making you sluggish—you may have to experiment with different techniques until you find the ones that work best for you.

Conclusion

Taking breaks during a focus-driven task is one of the most effective ways to maximize focus and attention. Though everyone has different methods of recharging, two that have been proven most efficacious are going outside and meditating. Don’t be afraid to investigate other types of downtime activities—it will pay off in the long run!