7 things we can do to reduce stress

Here are 7 things we all can to to help reduce stress:

  1. Relax and breathe. Try this 3-point relaxation method: loosen your tongue, relax your jaw, neck, and shoulder, and flap your hands. Or try the 415 breathe: breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 1 second, breathe out for 5 seconds.

  2. Stay physically safe. Be informed about the preventative measures you can take to slow the spread. When you leave home for essentials, wear a face covering, use at least 6 feet of physical distancing, and use hand sanitizer and wash your hands after touching shared surfaces. 

  3. Stay informed, but limit the amount of media you are taking in. Avoid watching, reading, listening, and sharing news that cause you to feel anxious or distressed. 

  4. Maintain a routine. Eat well, stay hydrated, take time to relax, and set a reasonable and manageable schedule for the work you are able to do from home. 

  5. Connect with others. Reach out to your family, friends, and neighbors by phone and email and in new ways by Facetime and Zoom. Accept help from others and reach out to neighbors and friends with special needs who may need your help. 

  6. Find ways to help others. If you know someone affected, call them to see how they are doing, and remember to keep their confidentiality. Consider an act of kindness for those who are unable to leave for essentials, such as having a meal delivered from a local restaurant. Consider donating to a local nonprofit serving others. Or get crafty and make a cloth face covering for someone in need!

  7. Be sensitive and avoid blame. An infectious disease is not connected to any racial or ethnic group; speak up in kindness when you hear false rumors or negative stereotypes that foster racism and xenophobia.