Tips for managing stress during COVID-19

Created: May 08, 2020 09:47 AM

Everyone is dealing with some sort of stress right now due to the pandemic. Life Coach Pam Solberg-Tapper shared what you can do to help manage it. 


1. Focus on what you love, appreciate and are grateful for.  What you focus on you feel. So, when you focus on the things that trigger your negative emotions, you feel bad. To counteract this, change your focus to things that you love, appreciate and are grateful for. Evoke positive emotions by thinking of things such as your family, pets,  health or nature. The human brain cannot hold two opposing emotions at the same time. By intentionally focusing on what you are grateful for, you will naturally feel better.

2. Peace begins with me. It helps to physically disrupt your negative emotional patterns. An easy technique is to focus your attention on your fingers. Start by tapping thumb to your index finger, next thumb to your middle finger, then thumb to your ring finger and end with thumb to little finger. While tapping, recite the phrase “peace begins with me” (one word at a time) while tapping one finger at a time in order. Repeat this several rounds until you feel a calming sensation. 

3. Begin with the end in mind. Take some reflection time to clarify what you want to look back on about yourself when you get beyond this current situation. Ask yourself questions like “What am I proud of?” “How do I want to remember myself in terms of my role as a parent, spouse, friend, son, daughter, co-worker, or community member?”, “What inner strength did I draw upon?”  When you set your intention, it will guide your thoughts and actions towards being your best self – despite the circumstances. 

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