When you reduce your stress level, you will reap physical health benefits (your immune system will thank you!), psychological health benefits (reducing stress improves sleep, reduces irritability, anxiety and depression), relationship benefits (your co-workers, friends and family member will notice a difference), and financial benefits (by being more productive and focused at work and home).
How do you reduce your stress level?
-Stick with a daily routine. Routine helps manage anxiety and helps you adjust to this new reality.
-Put yourself on a media diet. That’s right, a media diet. Set a limit for yourself on how much news programming and social media you expose yourself to daily. Challenge yourself to a maximum of 30 min in the A.M. and 30 min the P.M. With your newly acquired time, call an old friend of yours. They would love to hear from you!
-Set priorities and achieve daily goals.
-Stay busy (10 hours of Netflix doesn’t count as activity).
-Know your Red Flags-things that stress you out—so you can manage moments of distress and prevent from being overwhelmed. Breathe, think, and de-escalate so you can maintain control.