Keep Calm

As I sit down to write this article, I remind myself to breathe in and breathe out. Sounds simple, but I was just at the grocery store. I had to wait my turn to enter the store. They were almost out of bread, eggs and chicken.

This is the first time I have experienced this. The checker was very calm. He said the store has been very busy all weekend. He had never seen it like this. Classes that I normally attend have been cancelled.

Reduce Stress During The Coronavirus Outbreak

My first reaction is to feel scared. What does this mean? Will I be alright? Will my friends and family be alright? Then, I remind myself that I have been practicing Mindfulness for more than 10 years.

I am also a Therapist. What would I tell a client in this situation? The first step to relax and breathe. We can’t stop this. Remember, there is such a thing a mass hysteria. Follow the guidelines, Wash Your Hands. Keep your distance from others. It’s important to keep your immune strong during this time.

Here are 6 tips to help you get through the Coronavirus outbreak:

  1. Get plenty of rest. This means 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. This is how your body recharges. This will also help your body fight off infection.
  2. Eat nutrient rich foods and take your vitamins. It’s easy during times of stress to grab fast food. There aren’t many nutrients in these foods. They can often leave you feeling left bloated and fatigued. Keep leafy greens and vegetables on hand. Eat foods rich in protein and have some carbs. Take a multi-vitamin. This will help boost your immune.
  3. Keep up with physical activity. A lot of the gyms are closed during this time, but you can get outside and go for a walk. There are also lots of videos you can watch. Try yoga or pilates. This will also help with sleep.
  4. Do not overbook yourself. This will leave you feeling fatigued. This will also effect your immune system. This is a time where you don’t want to burn out. Not only do you not want to overbook yourself, you don’t want to overbook your family.
  5. Take breaks during the day. Sometimes when there is a crisis, you may feel you need to overcompensate. You don’t want to do that. Make sure you schedule time away from work, especially if you are working from home. We all know what happens when you work from home. You work more. You don’t have to work all day.
  6. Improve your stress management strategies. Stress is the number one killer. You aren’t a machine, you need to stop and recharge. Listen to guided mediations or join a Mindfulness group. Just stop for 10 minutes and clear your mind and relax. Your mind and body will thank you for it.

You also need to remind yourself, that this will pass. I know right now, it may not feel that way. You can get through this. You have survived difficult times in the past, and you can survive this.

If you liked this article, there are more in Reducing Stress. It is filled with lots of tips that will help you reduce stress, and live a happy and healthy life.

Lianne Avila is a Marriage & Family Therapist helping people in San Mateo, CA who are looking to create a life that is happier and more fulfilling. Please subscribe to Lianne’s newsletter on to learn more about her services and expertise.

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