09 Jul Staying Motivated in the Time of Covid-19
If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed or anxious as the Covid-19 pandemic is surging in most states, you are not alone. Even a life coach and motivational speaker can’t help but get a little down these days.
Whether you are out of a job because of the virus, worried about a loved one or struggling with the isolation, your stress and despair is real. We can’t do anything about that (except wear a face mask, practice social distancing and avoid crowds), but that doesn’t mean you are helpless.
Coping with Covid-19
As The Atlantic reported earlier this month, “Already, a third of Americans are feeling severe anxiety, according to Census Bureau data, and nearly a quarter show signs of depression. A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the pandemic had negatively affected the mental health of 56 percent of adults. In April, texts to a federal emergency mental-health line were up 1,000 percent from the year before.” Yes, you read that right – there was a 1,000 percent increase!
You should not feel ashamed if you need some help. Even the strongest among us can have a hard time dealing with Covid-19.
“The situation is particularly dire for certain vulnerable groups—health-care workers, COVID-19 patients with severe cases, people who have lost loved ones—who face a significant risk of post-traumatic stress disorder. In overburdened intensive-care units, delirious patients are seeing chilling hallucinations. At least two overwhelmed emergency medical workers have taken their own life.”
You might have heard this before, but it bears repeating: We can’t control what life throws at us but we CAN control the way we react to it.
There are things you can do to stay healthy and manage stress during this difficult time, including:
- Getting outside
- Practicing meditation
- Eating a healthy diet
- Staying in touch with family and friends
- Spending time on your hobbies
- Engaging with the arts, whether listening to music or taking a virtual tour of an art museum online
- Turning off the news!
Here at Jensen Life Mentoring, we wish all of you the very best. Stay safe and stay healthy. And, if private coaching or a fitness program might help you, please contact us for a complimentary consultation.