Our world is under a tremendous amount of stress right now. It is difficult to function when you do not have a way to relieve the tension that builds each day. Here are a few suggestions of daily activities you can use to reduce your stress levels. Each suggestion consists of an activity I have tried in the past or I am using in routine practice right now.
We are all in the thick of it now. COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we operate and go about our daily lives. Those who can are working from home. Those who can’t may be working fewer hours (more if you are an essential health care worker) or none at all. Students have had to make the switch to online learning, which is proving to be a challenge for educators and parents alike. “Social distancing” is becoming the new normal - with more people indoors and in front of a screen than on the road, in office buildings, stores, gyms, theaters, or restaurants.
This is our reality, for now, and however long it takes to get COVID-19 under control. It’s scary, frustrating, and quite frankly overwhelming. We are living in unique circumstances that we have little control over. But perhaps there are small actions we can take during our days to regain control and a sense of “normalcy”.
Everyone has not-so-positive defining moments in their lives when things just do not go as planned. You dropped the ball. You made the same mistake - again, perhaps for the fifth time. Begrudgingly, you take the blame, lectures, scolding, and criticism that you know is coming from others who have witnessed your series of unfortunate fumbles before. You sink into a funk, knowing that you have messed up big time, but promise yourself and others that it will never happen again. Sound familiar?
Devon Brunson, MS, CCC-SLP
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