As our world changes because of the Corona Virus, it is essential to fill in some of the voids that have been left by the lack of human interaction, working in a new environment, and the added stress of uncertainty. I find it as a college student that I am always trying to find ways to elevate the stress that is put on me from tests to assignments and I find that it is quite similar to some of the things that employees are going through as we are all adapting to this situation. Here are some tips that I found to make myself feel more relaxed and comfortable.
This has been said time and time again, but working out is a great stress reliever and can help you sharpen your mind and body at the same time. I find that if I am having a stressful day or am stuck on an assignment I can go to the gym and clear my head and come back to it with a brand new outlook. Working out also releases hormones that make you feel happier and relaxed. I use it as a time where I can focus on myself and find it relaxing. If you don’t feel comfortable going to a gym, there are many options that you can do from the comfort of your home. Yoga is a great example of this as it is a good workout that is focusing on your body and mind and can be done anywhere. Going for a walk is also a great way to stay active and get some fresh air, this can help you stop thinking about work for a little bit because you are not confined to the walls of your “new office.”
I find that when a deadline is nearing that is when I am feeling the most stressed, that is why if possible getting these things done in an organized way makes all the difference. Cramming all of your work into a small amount of time can make you feel overwhelmed and exhausted. If you plan out your days, and schedule a few breaks, you will feel that you will get things done better and more efficiently.
This can still be done safely, it is always a good thing to keep in touch with friends and family, and talking to them can do wonders. Most of them are just a phone call away and they are always happy to hear from you and what you have on your mind. Also with this day and age, you and your significant other can find a new hobby that you would have never thought of. One of the examples that I have done is fishing. When it was warmer out after my day of work I would go out to a pond or lake with my family and just go fishing, this is a great activity that helps you get out into nature and help you not think about work.
I hope that this can help you or others as we go through this virus. Just remember that you are not the only one going through this and communication can always solve your problems, if you are getting stressed talking about the concern you have can help you tremendously. People are more understanding than you think and asking for extra time or just a day off has never hurt anyone.