These past weeks have been a little unsettling. The reason is quite obvious considering the numerous mentions of it in every source of media available. Every now and then we stumble into a positive non-relevant post on social media that eases our concerned thoughts which have inspired this post to be a source of alleviation and support as this blog has always discussed topics of not only eco-consciousness but also mental health awareness.
One tip the Center for Disease Control and Prevention gives to cope with stress during this unprecedented time is to “Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media” (cdc.org).
Therefore, I have compacted a few activities that can help replace the temptation to look at your phone or preferred source for information.
1. Art: Whether you prefer coloring, painting, sketching, or doodling they let us express our emotions.
2. Reading: A good book or interest magazine helps us lose our minds in other worlds.
3. Writing: Writing out our feelings have been noted to also express our feelings and emotions instead of having them trapped in our minds.
4. Taking good care of your body: Simple things like meditating, exercise, or getting some sleep.
5. Try to do more things that you love to do.
Personally, I have had more time throughout my week and have influenced me to pick up some new interests as well as do more of what I love. One thing that I have been enjoying is making collages. Collages are my favorite form of art as they let me combine all forms of art and media and they express how I am feeling.
How are you coping with stress? Are there any tips or suggestions for someone who is going through something similar?
“Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 Apr. 2020, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html.