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Managing stress through Covid-19

Updated: Apr 23, 2020

Throughout these uncertain times most of us will experience induced stress due to financial factors, lifestyle changes, increased anxiety, ….

Although we may not be able to control such external stressors from occurring we can control how we react to them. We all manage stress differently, whether it’s eating an entire tub of ice-cream as a short-term fix or going for a run to clear the head. Both actions release dopamine and serotonin known as our happy, feel good hormones. This can help counteract and alleviate against the increase in our cortisol levels which we experience during stress. But as running may not be your cup of tea and you may just run out of ice cream to eat.

Here are some simple tips to reduce stress long term:

Sleeping- Rest and recover will improve productivity and lower stress. Aim for 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Physical activity- Keeping active increases dopamine and serotonin levels.

Sunlight- Exposure to sunlight boosts vitamin D production which helps to regulate mood

Diet- Eating a healthy diet will give you the needed energy to function well physically and mentally to clear brain fog and reduce stress.

Increase; whole foods, plant based dietary sources, whole grains, fibre and ensure to reduce or eliminate processed foods.

Remember, it’s ok to not be ok.

Be kind to yourself and try your best to keep on keeping on.

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