Tips to better cope with pandemic stress, and where to find extra support – Buffalo News

Posted: January 29, 2021 at 7:52 pm


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Take to the outdoors during all times of year as part of a fitness routine that can help lift your body, mind and spirit, says yoga instructor Steve Procknal, striking a Warrior 2 pose at Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo.

Addressing stress that comes with the coronavirus pandemic can help you better adapt in such uncertain times.

It starts with structure. Get up, eat and go to bed at roughly the same times each day, even on weekends.

Focus the best you can on one thing at a time, one day at a time.

Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and take time throughout the day to safely do what you enjoy.

Socialize: Stay in contact with loved ones, including family and friends, even if you can only do so safely online or by phone. Connecting with others can increase happiness and reduce stress.

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Choose comfort wisely: Try to avoid increased use of foods heavy in salt, sugar or fat, as well as alcohol and other drugs. These give a false, fleeting sense of happiness. Instead, practice other coping skills to improve your mood and decrease your stress.

Move: Stress often becomes stored in our muscles, causing tension. Yoga, tai chi and simple stretching can focus attention on your muscles, easing tension and clearing your mind. A brisk walk can help, too.

Laugh: It will boost your mood and health. Find time to let your guard down and get a good laugh in every day.

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January 29th, 2021 at 7:52 pm