Feeling more stressed than ever before, well, you are not alone
Some have called it hitting the “pandemic wall”, a metaphor stemming from “hitting a (brick) wall” where you finally reach a breaking point in which you are either physically or mentally unable to continue. You reach your limit.
A recent report by CNBC was released and found that almost 50% of participants suffered from mental health issues since the pandemic. Another report by the National Center for Health Statistics found that 1 in 12 adults reported symptoms of anxiety during the past year. This is unfortunately not surprising.
2020, for lack of a better word, sucked, and was, without a doubt, one of the the worst years in recent decades. Even though we are in the beginning months of 2021, and things may be shifting towards the better, we are still very much in a pandemic, along with all the hardships that come along with it.
Challenges can come in many different forms, your physical activity has been stagnant, you haven’t been eating the best foods, aren’t getting enough sleep, you are going crazy trying to balance working remote and remote learning for your kids, or you out of a job stressed about expenses necessary just to survive, and on and on and on.
Comparing what we’ve always done pre-pandemic, when in reality, most of us are living in unprecedented times and have to apply different methods of dealing with daily life.C.B.
The point is we have, many of us, whether we are conscious of it or not, been putting pressure on ourselves and expectations of what we think we should be doing.
Comparing what we’ve always done pre-pandemic, when in reality, most of us are living in unprecedented times and have to apply different methods of dealing with daily life.
These can come in the form of applying some coping techniques. The first being self-care. You must take care of yourself. Repeat, you must take care of yourself first and foremost.
I’m guilty of putting myself second, yet whenever I do, I dearly pay for it, usually by having insomnia, headaches, low moods, ect.
In the most simple ways, self-care can be eating right, getting enough sleep, maintaining some socialization, incorporating exercise, avoiding excessive alcohol or substance use.
We are living in truly stressful times, so coping with how to deal with stress is very important. This could be learning how to take deep breaths or meditate, making time to unwind or unplug from news stories (particularly those that are constant and upsetting like politics or related to the pandemic).
Helping to take care of others and helping others cope is very much in need as well. During times of social distancing, maintaining connection with your friends, family and loved ones, albeit the medium may feel different, is crucial.
Stay connected through phone calls, video chats, or when appropriate social distanced visits.
Remember, you are not alone.
If you are struggling to cope and feel you are unable to do so on your own, remember, many of us are also feeling the same. There are also free and confidential crisis resources that can help you or a loved one connect with a skilled, trained counselor in your area to get you started.
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