• Kinzi Grubb, Minot State Nursing Student

Tips for coping with stress

Some people may be struggling to cope with stress during the worldwide pandemic that has been going on for roughly a year.

This pandemic, quarantining, and social distancing may cause individuals to become stressed as they are not able to go about their lives the same way that they used to. It is important for you to know healthy ways to cope with stress in general, as well as during a pandemic.

By being able to cope with stress, it may decrease your risk of different problems and conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that stress can cause sadness, problems sleeping, headaches, a change in energy and appetite, worsening mental and chronic health conditions, and an increase in the use of substances such as drugs and/or alcohol.

Extreme stress may lead to thoughts of harming oneself or suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at any time of any day by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Following these steps offered by the CDC may help you cope with different stressors in your life:

  • Take breaks from social media and devices. Hearing too much about the pandemic may bring extra stress to your life, but if you like to stay informed it is okay to use the news to stay updated on issues.

  • Try to stay healthy by getting enough sleep, exercising, and taking enough time for yourself.

  • Find activities that bring joy to your life.

  • Stay connected with friends, family, and coworkers. You can connect via FaceTime, phone calls, emails, or other social media platforms.

If you are coping with stress in a healthy way, it may make it easier for you to help others during this time. Many people may feel like they are all alone if they have been social distancing and quarantining.

The CDC explains that you can help others just by talking to them on video chats or phone calls. In conclusion, it is important that you are able to cope with stress as it may help you stay healthy during this pandemic.

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