Some days, a busy life, deadlines and the news cycle can become overwhelming and cause increased stress. Here are some things you can try that can help you take care of your mental health and overall well-being.
- Exercise. Physical activity, even just 15-20 minutes inside or outside, will reduce stress.
- Limit information intake. Set aside a certain part of the day specifically for news consumption and give yourself a time limit. This will help if you’re feeling overwhelmed and anxious.
- Keep a schedule. Have a daily routine and to-do list. Consider prioritizing neglected chores and finding creative outlets that let you focus on something else for a while: listen to music, play an instrument, do a crossword puzzle or Sudoku, paint, draw, cook.
- Read a book. Many public libraries offer free digital downloads to a phone, tablet or e-reader. This service saves time and money! Options in Northern California include:
- Keep in touch. Make a habit of keeping up with friends, family and your community with calls and video chats.
- Journaling can help reduce stress and can be done alone or as a family activity.
- Meditate. Meditation and mindfulness turn your focus inward and away from all the stress around you. Meditation apps and resources include:
- Ask for help. If your stress and anxiety become overwhelming or difficult to cope with, please reach out to your doctor or therapist.
- Set a health goal. Work with your doctor or a health educator to set goals, such as exercising more or improving your diet.