5 Ways to Reduce Stress & Alleviate Depression During the COVID-19 Pandemic

There is much uncertainty in the world right now. To slow the spread of the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus, our society has resorted to drastic isolating measures including social distancing and quarantine measures during the pandemic. Given this, it’s understandable to feel anxious, stressed or even depressed. DO NOT WORRY! You are not alone and you can use this coronavirus quarantine time to improve your Mental Health in just a few minutes a day. Take a look at these 5 tips for reducing stress and alleviating stress, anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Meditate


1. Meditate: Spend 10 to 30 minutes a day meditating, and you will see benefits such as reduced depression, anxiety and stress. It also promotes emotional health and clarity with self-awareness. This also benefits overall positivity and peaceful thoughts.



Get Morning Sunlight


2. Get Morning Sunlight: Going out for a 45min walk or enjoying breakfast outside can help boost your mood and help you with your sleep cycle as well! You are still able to do this even during the COVID-19 Pandemic crisis, just remember to keep social distance of 6 feet from others .



Limit Blue Light Exposure


3. Limit Blue Light Exposure: Did you know that screens like your phone, T.V., laptops, and tablets all emit blue light? Blue light is not a bad thing. Morning Sunlight actually emits a blue light wavelength. However, in the evening, it does interfere with sleep. You can adjust brightness settings on devices to decrease exposure in the evenings. You can also purchase blue light blocker glasses so that you can watch a movie before bedtime and still get a good night’s sleep.



Sleep


4. Sleep: This means going to bed at a reasonable time and waking up about 6-8hrs later. Not sleeping enough or sleeping too much can cause fatigue and lack of energy during the day. It may also interfere with your judgment and mental clarity. For a proper hormonal balance in your brain’s sleep cycle try going to sleep around 10:00PM.



Exercise & Eat Well


5. Exercise & Eat Well: In addition to meditation, doing some light yoga or stretching can help increase circulation. If you prefer to go on a run or do an at-home workout, that’s even better. Keeping up with proper nutrition allows your body to properly function internally, leading to a strong immune system fighting off illness and disease like COVID-19. Don’t just stock up on junk, grocery stores will remain open so grab some fresh veggies and fruit while they are still available. And make sure to drink plenty of water.



Please seek help from a medical professional if your mental health is interfering with your ability to function daily. This advice is not to be used for any treatment or diagnostic purposes. This is only an information resource and not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

For more information please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html

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