Feeling stressed? Go easy on yourself

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Working from home can still carry stress.

Change can add stress to any family routine, but change during a pandemic can lead to a whole new level.

Make sure you recognize the signs of increased stress and deal with it before it affects your life or your health.

COMMON SIGNS OF INCREASED STRESS
  • Changes or difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Increased use of substances such as tobacco, alcohol, caffeine
  • Increased feelings of irritation or anger
  • Feeling insecure, nervous or anxious
  • Decreased motivation
  • Feeling tired, overwhelmed or burnt out
  • Increased feelings of sadness

If you can relate to any of these, do not worry! We can all feel stressed from time to time. But remember to take it easy on yourself and if you think these signs persist, consider seeing your doctor or psychologist.

HANDLE STRESS

There are things you can do to deal with your stress during difficult times.

  • Have realistic expectations. Taking too much at once can lead to failure. Be realistic about how much you can handle and do not be afraid to ask others for help.
  • Check in with friends and family members. Realize that you are not alone and there are people in your corner.
  • Eat healthy, nutritious meals. Adding sugar to your gas tank can give you a quick chunk of energy, but it will not last you long.
  • Be sure to take breaks. Stretch out or go for a walk to cleanse yourself. This not only helps your mind and body to relax, but often makes it easier for you to concentrate when you return.
  • Manage conflicts without adding them. Proactively resolve conflicts in a positive way rather than ignoring the situation and letting it go.
  • Try to find humor whenever possible. Laughter has a positive effect on our body because it releases serotonin. Plus having good eyesight can make it easier to handle difficult situations.
  • Reformulate challenges into opportunities. Our attitude can have a big impact on how we relate to life. A positive attitude can also be contagious, which is a side benefit.
  • Set good boundaries. Try your best to focus on what is in front of you at the moment. At work, was at work. Once you are home, focus on the home.
  • Realize what is and is not in your control. Change what you can and let go of what is in your hands.
  • Be kind to others. Even if you are stressed, you can feel good about showing kindness to others, and they will often respond in turn.
  • Start moving. Whether it’s working out in the gym, playing outdoors with the kids or taking a few steps – physical activity can help reduce stress and help you stay tired at the end of the day.

Practicing these stress-relieving tips may not solve the actual stress factor, but it can help you maintain your physical, mental and emotional well-being until the stress is gone.

MORE INFORMATION

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these pages more information:

Handle stress

Take care of yourself

To practice acts of gratitude

Neither The Cincinnati Insurance Company nor its affiliates or affiliates offer mental health or medical services or advice. If you find signs of stress that affect your life, consult your doctor or a psychologist.

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