With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s normal to worry about your health and the health of your loved ones. It’s also common to experience fear and uncertainty about your job and finances. Moreover, social distancing can make some people feel isolated and lonely, which can increase stress and anxiety.
As we celebrate the holiday season amid a pandemic, it’s important to take care of your mental health. Here are five healthy ways to cope with stress:
Take care of your body. Eat healthy well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. To relieve tension headaches, apply medicinal oils or ointments to your forehead.
Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with friends or family members. Maintain healthy relationships and build a strong support system. This holiday season, you may also organize virtual get-togethers or parties to reconnect and catch up.
Set aside some “me time”. Make time to unwind and do activities you enjoy. You can: take a hot bath and pamper yourself, read a good book, catch up on your favorite TV show or watch a movie online, cook or bake, or even try yoga.
Give gifts to loved ones. Studies show that giving can boost your physical and mental health. Health benefits associated with giving include lower blood pressure, increased self-esteem, less depression, lower stress levels, longer life, and greater happiness and satisfaction.
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