12 Strategies to Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Fear

Social distancing has left people experiencing feelings of stress, anger, isolation and loneliness. This is happening in conjunction with
ongoing stress, anxiety, and fear
from COVID-19, health, school, work and other sources. Stress can result in problems such as chronic health conditions and changes to eating and sleeping habits. Having strategies in place to manage stress can help.

Strategies to Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Fear

Incorporating targeted strategies into your life can help manage and reduce stress, anxiety, and fear. These include:

1. Get the Facts

Avoid rumors related to COVID-19, vaccinations, solutions for anxiety, and other topics. Instead of following what people say on social media, look for information from reputable sources like healthcare professionals and organizations to get the facts.

2. Acknowledge Feelings

It is okay to feel your emotions. Acknowledge these feelings and why you might be having these thoughts and emotions rather than avoiding or hiding from them.

3. Stay Connected

Increase your support system to prevent feelings of isolation and loneliness. This may include reaching out to loved ones and/or making new friends. While there is a place for technology, especially during the pandemic, also try to connect in other ways, such as through phone calls, letters, or socially distanced walks.

4. Disconnect From Media

It’s helpful to turn off the TV and media. News stories tend to be framed in a way that creates a fearful reaction which can contribute to your fear, anxiety, and stress. Take time to get informed, but also take long breaks from the media.

5. Take Time to Relax

Devote time each day to relaxing and taking care of yourself. This could include spending a few moments on deep breathing, as well as engaging in other activities that relax you. During these dedicated time slots, it’s important to temporarily let go of worries, stop thinking of the world around you, and focus on relaxation.

6. Maintain a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet supports the mind and body, while stress can contribute to unhealthy eating. Put  focus on eating healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats and proteins.

7. Make a List

Create a list of the things you want or need to accomplish, which gets them out of your head and onto paper. Prioritize and take care of one item at a time, making accomplishing items easier and less stressful to achieve.

8. Rest

Put a focus on resting your body and mind. Take steps to consistently get enough sleep at night and consider resting during the day through naps or meditation sessions.

9. Help Someone

Put some time and focus on helping someone else. While it’s important to maintain boundaries and save time for yourself, helping others can shift the focus from your own stress and anxiety for a time.

10. Journal

Write down the thoughts and feelings you’re experiencing in a journal. The act of focusing on journaling and getting out feelings can be helpful and healing. It may also help you come to important realizations when you are confused.

11. Participate in a Stress-Relieving Activity

Take time for a de-stressor activity. Depending on what helps you personally, you might dance, watch a funny video, take a walk, or practice yoga.

12. Ask for Help

Reach out to others for help dealing with your stress, anxiety, and fear. This may include help from a support system as well as help from professionals.

You Are Heard Here

At Jonas Hill, we are a safe space here to help you with your mental healthcare needs. If you are concerned about yourself, read about what to expect from Jonas Hill and give us a call to reach out. You will be heard here.

Jonas Hill Hospital & Clinic a division of Caldwell Memorial Hospital provides our community with safe, dignified and integrated care for adult patients experiencing an acute mental health need. We provide hope, treatment, and healing through a holistic program of evidence-based psychiatric treatment, team-based medical care, and education provided by engaging and dedicated professionals in a safe and healing environment. Contact Jonas Hill Hospital and Clinic today at (828) 394-6722 for more information. A safe space to heal.

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