There’s no doubt that 2020 has provided more than its share of stress – especially if you’re a healthcare professional or jobseeker.
When most people are feeling stressed and anxious, what they’re really feeling is a flood of energy. Our bodies are preparing us for something scary – such as public speaking, an extremely busy day at work, or an important job interview.
Some might channel their anxiety by updating their Facebook status and posting about what’s bugging them. While this may seem pretty harmless, it’s been proven that excessive social media use can actually create more feelings of anxiety, depression, moodiness, and a fear of missing out (FOMO.) The bottom line? While social media can be a great tool to stay connected with friends and coworkers, constantly scanning Instagram or Facebook can add to your daily stress.
But fear not. There are several ways to cope with anxiety beyond social media that can serve as stronger, and more positive avenues for stress relief. Here are a few of them:
Take Care of Yourself – Mentally and Physically
Creating healthy habits can help you deal with stress. Whether it’s meditation, being with nature, working out, or enjoying a hobby, take time every day to do something that makes you feel good. Make sure you get enough sleep and exercise, eat a healthy diet, and avoid using alcohol or drugs to cope.
Step Away from the Mouse
Let’s face it, it’s easy to act impulsively on social media. But nine times out of ten, responding to a post that angers you can only lead to creating more stress in your life. The best way to get around this is when you feel emotional and want to fire off a post, take a short break. It will give you time to clear your head and think through how important it is – or isn’t – to post.
There’s a solution to any problem, and if you remain passive – thinking that you can’t do anything about something that’s bugging you – your stress will get worse. The feeling of loss of control is one of the main causes of stress and lack of wellbeing. The act of taking control of a situation can be empowering, and it’s a crucial part of finding a solution that overcomes your anxiety.
Create Some “Me Time”
All work and no play makes for a very stressful person, and for healthcare professionals, working long hours is the rule, not the exception. But this can mean you don’t spend enough time doing things you really enjoy. Everyone needs to take some time for themselves – so try setting aside a couple of days a week for some quality “me time”. That will help to clear your head and give you something positive to look forward to.
Acts of giving and kindness – such as volunteering, or community work – can help improve a person’s mental wellbeing. Assisting people who need help can often put your stress into perspective. If you don’t have time to volunteer, try to do someone a favor every day. It can be as small as giving a person a ride home from work or going on a coffee run for colleagues.
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