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Stress can be displayed in different ways such as fear, anxiety, or anger. These are all normal emotions to be feeling at this time. Older adults and those with underlying health conditions are encouraged to stay home and avoid contact with others as they are in the high-risk group for COVID-19. However, prolonged isolation, as well as fears about the virus, can lead to increased anxiety and stress (Ianzito, 2020). This increase in anxiety can suppress the body’s immune system and impede the body’s ability to fight infections (Ianzito, 2020). Therefore, it is important to learn how to manage stress effectively.
Stress can manifest in different ways for different people. Some people may experience cognitive symptoms such as memory problems, constant worrying, or lower attention span. Others may experience emotional symptoms like moodiness, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed. Stress can also be displayed through aches, pains, or dizziness. Behavioral changes such as eating habits, sleeping habits, and withdrawing for others may also be signs of stress (Help Guide, n.d.). Being able to identify stress can be the first step to find ways to manage it. Below are a few different ways we may experience stress.
In the event of feeling overwhelmed by stress, anxiety, or depression, talk to a doctor to see what they recommend to help manage symptoms. Additionally, learning to identify stress and anxiety triggers can lead to better coping skills for those feelings. Here are some tips on coping with different feelings and turning those emotions into positive and resilient actions.
Especially during these unprecedented times, we should allow ourselves to feel a range of emotions and learn how to cope with those feelings. Start small by getting enough sleep, eating regular meals, and limiting news intake to manage stress and anxiety (Callaghan, 2020). It’s not helpful to constantly feel these negative emotions. Identifying and addressing them can decrease the intensity of those feelings and boost overall viewpoint on the current situation (Crouch, 2020). If these feelings of stress or anxiety interrupt everyday activities and functions, consider seeking professional help. Many therapists are offering virtual sessions right now.
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