When emotionally and psychologically overwhelmed, an expert suggests seven ways to overcome stress and maintain a positive outlook.
“The stress of this pandemic has really taken a toll on people, and everybody feels it,” Brain and Behavior Research Foundation president and chief executive Jeffrey Borenstein, MD said in an article published by the Brown Brothers Harriman.
“It has especially challenging for those who already have pre-existing psychiatric conditions, which stress and social isolation both exacerbate.”
The Benilde Well-Being Center lists down the expert advice of Dr. Borenstein on achieving and maintaining a positive outlook.
They say you cannot pour from an empty cup, so make sure to make yourself a priority. Eat a healthy diet, work out, get enough sleep.
Engage in activities that provide meaning
Partake in projects that are productive. Challenge your creativity and discover new hobbies – these may include making art, caring for pets and plants, taking an online class, and spending quality time with people special to you.
Relaxation exercises can bring a positive state of mind and outlook on life.
Disconnect from electronics and social media
Take time to unplug and disconnect from the constant stream of emails and alerts. This will help reduce the anxieties social media can often induce.
Avoid heavy substance use
Keep alcohol to a minimum. Avoid drugs. Substance use may hinder a stable home life and capability to handle life’s difficulties and relate to others.
Explore individual and group volunteer opportunities. Helping others can enrich your life.
Get help from a licensed mental health professional
Should the need arise, seek help for it is a sign of strength – not a weakness.