Written by Dr. Nicole M. Vienna

March 25, 2020

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COVID-19 and StressIn this time of uncertainty and social isolation many are experiencing an increase in symptoms of stress and anxiety. There are a number of ways in which these symptoms can be managed including maintaining a routine, staying active, reducing media exposure, engaging virtually and seeking mental health services (Miedziun & Czabala, 2015).

Create a Routine

While we are spending time at home it is important to structure that time and maintain a routine. If you are working or studying from home create a schedule that is similar to your work or school schedule.

Stay Active

 Gyms may be closed but do not let that stop you! There are still many options for exercise in and around your home. You can take walks and engage in body weight exercises such as push-ups, squats and sit-ups. In addition, you can find in-home exercise instruction on platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

Reduce Media Exposure

 It is tempting to stay continuously updated on the virus, however excessive exposure can increase anxiety. Instead, only check for updates a few times a day with a maximum of ten minutes each session. This will allow for you to remain informed without consuming your entire day.

Engage Virtually

Although we cannot gather with friends and family at this time we can still engage with them virtually. Take time to call, video chat and message with your loved ones. There are also options to join live games, exercise groups and entertainment online on platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Netflix.

 Seek Services

If you are unable to manage your symptoms on your own at home it may be helpful to seek outside services. We are currently offering teletherapy for both new and existing clients. Please call us at (626) 709 – 3494 and we will be happy to offer cognitive behavioral therapy and stress management techniques virtually.

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