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Have you been feeling a lot of stress lately? Most of us have with all of the drastic and immediate changes in our lives over the past few weeks.
- Big changes in our way of life for the foreseeable future
- Worry about jobs, cash flow, and the economy
- Stress about our health and the health of our loved ones
- Concern about our neighbors, the country, and the world
- And many of us have to stay home all the time with our entire families.
That’s a lot of stress!
This has probably led to a good deal of overwhelm as well. These two things can often go hand-in-hand, often starting with a lot of stress that goes untreated, which can then lead to a considerable amount of overwhelm and burnout.
While this is very common, it can also be disastrous for your mental and physical state. Luckily, there are some ways you can manage and reduce both stress and overwhelm and adjust to our new way of living.
Accept These Changes and What Can’t Be Avoided
The first step in dealing with the amount of stress you have is accepting what it is. You have to understand and accept these changes. There is stress associated with the massive amount of upheaval many of us are facing. You need to identify this stress, define it, and realize that it’s not associated with something you did wrong. If you focus too much on the stress itself and let it overwhelm you, you are only releasing more of the stress hormone, which is going to make it feel a lot worse.
Start assigning a name to your stress, understand that it is from situations in your life that couldn’t be avoided, then look to other ways of reducing it. This can help a lot with your mindset and how you react to stressful situations.
Find Moments to Calm Your Mind and Body
Both your mind and body go through the wringer when you have stress, so you need to focus on calming both your mind and body. Sometimes, this means just taking a minute to practice deep breathing, while in other cases, you have a little more time to focus on meditating or practicing mindfulness. You need these extra moments throughout the day that will help you deal with stressful situations as they arise. Doing this can prevent it from getting worse and leading to complete overwhelm.
A Healthy Body and Healthy Mind = Less Overwhelm
Dealing with your stress and overwhelm always depends on your physical health. Not just because stress can affect you physically and actually make you ill, but because when you eat right and exercise, it has a long list of benefits for you.
If you want a healthy mind, you need to start with a healthy body. This means eating a healthy, well-balanced diet with lots of fruits, veggies, lean protein, and whole grains. Get regular exercise and don’t forget to drink your water each day. You can even spend some time meditating or practicing yoga to help relax as well.
These small changes will make a big difference in your physical health, which will, in turn, help your mental health as well. It will make it easier to deal with the changes we already have faced and any new changes to come.
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