Many of us have accepted that stress is part of our everyday lives. In the past year, there has been tremendous changes made to daily routines which has caused a higher amount of stress than usual. As COVID restrictions become lifted, there is hope for what life may look like post quarantine – but also a lot of uncertainty of what the new normal will be. In this early transitional period, stressors around rejoining social settings, returning to normal work routines, and traveling can be common among those who have been spending more time at home in the past year.

Stress can cause you experience:

  • High blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Digestion problems

You can manage your stress through:

  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Making a list of to do’s and organizing your time to complete tasks
  • Speaking to a therapist
  • Getting enough sleep every night

Some stress is good to have for motivation and to focus on deadlines, but when it starts to overcome your everyday life it may be time to find some solutions to reduce your stress. Whether it’s taking a 20 minute relaxing break, or finding a hobby that relaxes you after work, keep in mind that it’s important to make time for yourself and your mental health!