It’s been nearly a year since the pandemic began and our lives changed, a-lot of us have faced new challenges that we thought would happen in our wildest dreams, who would’ve thought something as simple as a trip to the grocery store would now become an anxiety filling experience? As we adjust to “The new normal” it’s critical for us to manage our stress levels to allow us to have a chance to decrease our fight or flight response. Living on fight or flight mode increases your chance of getting ill. Living on fight or flight weakens your immune system, which can cause anxiety, sleeping problems, fatigue, and hormonal imbalance. Because preventing stress is nearly impossible, managing stress is key.
So here are some tips for managing your stress:
1. Get spiritual
Whether it’s prayer, meditation, or getting religious. Now is the time for comfort, seek that in what you believe.
2. Take regular social media breaks
Social media helps us connect us to our loved ones, which is perfect for a time like now where we aren’t able to see our loved ones, but social media also can be toxic. Over consumption of social media can often lead us to be overwhelmed and feeling unproductive. Unplug as needed.
Schedule some time to get some exercise, whether it’s a 15-minute walk or a 30 min HIIT cardio. Find some relief in getting physical and active.
4. Make a playlist
Make a music playlist that helps you feel relaxed, and another that you can dance to.
5. Say No
Boundaries are key to managing Stress. Managing boundaries now are more important than ever, learning to say no is needed during a time like a pandemic. Say no anything to you feel even slightly uncomfortable with.
6. Reach out for help
Often Black women feel like we have to go through everything alone, even when we’re drowning in stress. Talk to a mental health professional, friend or family member and ask for help when you need it.
7. Get a support system
You don’t need to be alone, surround yourself with people who can relate and can confide in. We all need support, find it in your community.