does Social distancing start to feel like this?

Staying at home is easier when you play nice.
Picture: courtesy Richard McManus, an Optical
Excellence Award

What Does Stress Awareness Month Mean to You?

April is designated National Stress Awareness Month? It sure seems appropriate this year, doesn’t it? Even if you’re comfortable and healthy in your environment, the pain of seeing so many suffer is  stressful. We likely worry about our children, our partners, our friends, and selfless workers who risk their health to serve the community. You may wonder when life will return to “normal”— or if it ever will. Will you have a job or how will your IRA fare?

Whether retired or a young person facing the unknown of Coronavirus, you probably recognize these legitimate concerns. However, the purpose of this blog is not to burden readers with worries. Rather, it seems a good time to explore some suggestions offered by stress experts.

Define Your Stress Awareness, Then Act On It

A truly astute comment that I read on Help Guide.Org is that much about life is uncertain and many things remain outside our control such as the outcomes of Coronavirus. However, we are not totally powerless. Whatever our fears or personal circumstances, we can take action over aspects within our control. Easy to say, you might think, but anxiety can be tamed with effort. You could benefit by taking half an hour to reflect on what really concerns you at the very moment. Then brainstorm or search the web for suggestions that could prompt your positive actions.

If you sense you are worrying too much, you might consider three tips I recently read.

1. Create a “worry period”: Designate the same time and place each day to conduct this exercise. If you start to feel distress during the day, remind yourself that you have a specific time for those concerns.  Stick to your promise to allow your fears to surface only during that designated period. 

2. Write your concerns down: If anguish appears during the day, write a note, but don’t allow it space in your head at that moment. 

3. Go over your worry list during your designated period—and ONLY at that time. Then stick to the amount of minutes you have previously allotted for your review. 

Please note that these suggestions are not intended as solutions to your concerns. Instead, they are ways to help reduce your angst so that you are better able to arrive effective solutions.

Wishing you good health and a sense of calm

May you, your family and your friends find peace of mind through of all of this. May all of us come out stronger as people of this world.

As Winston Churchill once said:

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity.  An optimist sees an opportunity in every difficulty.”

 

Snoopy cartoon compliments of Pinterest.