How to Reduce Stress During A Pandemic

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You are working from home, attempting to, when the Wi-fi internet is not on the fritz. The kids are complaining, again, because they don’t like what you have prepared for lunch. The dog is barking, your husband texted saying he needs the waist of his pants, to his navy pinstriped suit let out for a meeting tomorrow, your hair is in a tangled mess and you have a work, Zoom conference meeting in less than five minutes. You want to get in your car and run away, except you can’t.

When our lives were normal, pre-COVID, similar factors that caused and created stress were present; however not as intense and in your face as they are now. When our work day ended, we left the office and left the job behind us until the next work day. Now, work seems to be at home, with us, even when we are not logged onto our work computers or laptops. Some, who are sales executives, begin their work day before the sun has even rose in the eastern sky. On top of all the family, home, and work demands, an overwhelming number of people are increasingly overpowered with stress from sick loved ones and sadly, the loss of a loved ones.

When I’m stressed, I can’t eat. The muscles in my arms, neck, shoulders, and back tense up. I have a margarine so intense, that complete darkness is required to prevent me from being physically ill. I can’t think clearly and I make poor decisions, all because of stress.

Can you relate?

Due to pre-existing health issues, it has been imperative for me to keep my stress level to a minimum. Some of the ways I have leaned to manage my stress are by eating healthy, listening to my favorite music, exercising and by eliminating as much drama and distractions as possible. I don’t watch the news, I leave the news monitoring business to my husband and parents. We have a German Sheppard, almost one-year-old, and I try to walk her two miles everyday; weather permitting. Something about being outside, with my music, in the fresh, crisp air with my heart pumping,(because I’m walking fast paced), helps realign what is important to me. That’s all that matters, right? Giving our 100% on our day jobs, so we can take care of our family and find our happiness by following our dreams.

My prayer is for 2021 to be a better year and for those who are affected by COVID and stress to overcome it. Below is one of my favorite scriptures for when I’m stressed.

Matthew 11:28-30
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Until next time; Keep reaching for the stars!

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