We’re all under a little stress these days, or should I say a little panic. Long term stress is absolutely a killer move especially during a viral pandemic. But, how can you escape the stress of COVID-19? The shelter in place orders the raw number of cases of those who have contracted the virus the number who have died the medical shortages exactly, what is all this new stress doing to our bodies? And how can we get control of the stress.
Stress can kill you every bit as dead as the COVID-19 virus can kill you. Not to add to your stress, but here’s a list of ways stress is slowly killing you.
- Headaches, stress can trigger and intensify tension headaches.
- Depression, chronic stress can wear you down and lead to depression.
- Heartburn, stress increases the production of stomach acid which could lead to heartburn.
- Insomnia, stress makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep which could lead to insomnia.
- Rapid Breathing, when your stressed the mussels that help you breathe tense up and can leave you short of breath.
- Weakened Immune System, long-term stress weakens the body’s immune defenses and leaves vulnerable to infections and illness.
- Risk of Heart Attach, stress over time long term stress which causes an increased heart rate and high blood pressure damages the arteries which could lead to a heart attack.
- High Blood Pressure, stress constricts the blood vessels and cusses high blood pressure.
So, now we have a list of the effects of the other epidemic affecting every single American right now. Wheather you are worried about you or your family contracting COVID-19 or how this epidemic is affecting your business there is stress enough to be had for everyone. Here is a list of ways to combat that stress.
- Avoid Caffeine and Nicotine Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants and will make your stress symptoms worse.
- Avoid Alcohol Alcohol in small amounts is a stimulant and will make your stress symptoms worse.
- Get some exercise, ride a bike, take a walk, or practice yoga. Physical exercise helps to metabolize stress hormones and will improve sleep.
- Get more sleep, the average person needs at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. But stress can rob you of a good that precious sleep. Make sure you are going to bed at the same time every night and that the bedroom is quite, cool and dark, do something quite and relaxing as part of your bedtime routine.
- Try a stress reduction technique like meditation every day. There are guided meditations online and on YouTube.
- Talk to a friend or professional about the stressful situation. Talking about a stressful situation can get things off your mind and help to put things into perspective.
- Keep a stress diary.
- Take control of just one part of a stressful situation helps to put you back into the driver’s seat and makes you feel useful and powerful. Taking some control makes you less like a victim.
- Take control of your time. To do lists can be overwhelming and by taking charge of it and not letting time get away from you it is easier to relax and work through that list like a pro.
- Learn to say no. Be stingy with your time. Give time to things that are truly important and say no to all the other things.
The COVID-19 virus is going to be around for a while and the stress level for some is going to be through the roof, but remember stress is a serious killer too and you need to avoid it also.