Reducing stress can improve our physical and mental health. In order to reduce the spread of the virus, the CDC recommends limiting our exposure to others through social distancing, working from home and avoiding crowds. Schools are closing, vacations are canceled and our schedules are disrupted. Children are afraid and don’t understand the what and why of the sudden change in their routines. All this and more are ramping up our stress.  Information is a key factor in stress prevention.       

 During these stressful times, it’s important to take care of ourselves. There are many sources of stress and many reactions. The news may tell us what’s wrong but often does not provide solutions. Stress reduction techniques can improve our health and resistance to disease. Simple acts like going for a walk or staying in touch via internet can improve our wellbeing  and outlook. Learning and practicing stress reduction techniques such as breathing and progressive relaxation exercises  can reduce our own stress reactions and improve our health. There are many was to lean these techniques on your own. However, if you need assistance or would like guidance or just want to talk, I am available by phone or online consultation. I’ve had much experience dealing with such crises on the Coast Guard CISM team. Contact me via email or phone.