You’re certainly not alone if you’ve been managing an increased level of stress and anxiety lately. According to a survey by Ginger, an on-demand mental health service provider, nearly 7 in 10 employees reported that COVID-19 is the most stressful time of their professional career.
Your mental health impacts all aspects of your personal and professional life. Now, more than ever, each of us need to make it a priority. Luckily there are many ways to boost your mood, manage your emotions, and build resilience. I recently asked our team how they manage stress, and here is what they had to say! I encourage you to incorporate one or more of these techniques into your routine.
ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS
“Gardening and taking a walk are great stress relievers.” – Anne, National Account Director, Plymouth, MN “I enjoy gardening and have had a fantastic harvest this year that has been tasting quite delicious!” – Kristin, Contracts Administrator, Cincinnati, OH
“I have been spending a lot of time outdoors. What better way to clear your mind than taking a nice hike or spending some time on the boat soaking up the sun!!” – Carolyn, Market Manager, Smyrna, TN
“Visiting local outdoor spaces and state parks, walking trails, breathing the fresh air experiencing the outdoors.” – Clinton, Branch Operations Manager, Columbia, SC
“Spending time with my kids outside in our garden or on the hiking trails. They are good at reminding me life isn't supposed to be so serious all the time.” – Ashley, Account Executive, Allentown, PA
“I go to the gym after work for at least an hour or two and it really helps to make me feel better overall. I look forward to it every day! I'm stronger, healthier and am able to keep up with my 1 1/2yr old grandson.” – Jenny, Senior Recruiting Manager, Richmond, KY
“Yoga! And the knowledge that we are not in this alone.” – Lorie, Recruiting Manager, Russellville, AR
“I am a very high energy person by nature, so in order for me to relieve stress, clear my mind, and all around be able to feel better, I ride my Peloton bike! It is the best stress reliever, and the endorphins help to give me calming energy and clarity overall. Plus, it allows this crazy brain of mine to actually turn off when it's time to fall asleep. But it doesn't have to be the Peloton (although it is AWESOME!). Any form of exercise can do wonders. It's hard to start, I know. But trust me, it works wonders!” – Sara, Market Manager, Bentonville, AR
“Spotify and a long run!” – Amanda, Regional Onsite Manager, Olathe, KS
“Exercising, running, or skateboarding, has been the most helpful stress reliever for me. Also, Tuesday nights' "Dinner and a Movie" concert stream from my favorite band, PHISH! They release archival footage of a past concert and have a new recipe for dinner to go with it every Tuesday night.” – Ryan, Branch Operations Manager, Statesboro, GA
CONNECT WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS
“My wife and I have standing date nights twice a month. If we can't go out, then we have the date night at home and allow the kids to have their own special fun in their rooms so we are not interrupted for about two hours. I am a mother of four and although my children can cause some of my stress, I also find that being with them also takes it away as well. Family movie night is a big deal in our house.” – Candice, Onsite Manager, Carlisle, PA
“I enjoy playing with my grandbabies and family time.” – Stephanie, Branch Operations Manager, Cleveland, TN “Love watching and dancing to the Wiggles with my daughter. Wiggle the worries away!” – Chelsea, Recruiting Manager, Monroe, NC
“We've been playing cooperative video games at home which require a lot of team cooperation. My husband, son, and a few close friends play these online. It's comparable to board game night but digitally.” – Hilda, Operations Manager, Lathrop, CA
FIND QUIET ALONE TIME
“I find that doing some deep meditative breathing helps me. And I love to read anything I can get my hands on!” – Betty, Quality & Billing Manager, Cincinnati, OH
“I tend to sleep a lot. Nothing like a solid 10-hour nap!” – Cari, Recruiting Manager, Richmond, KY
“Listen to music or read fantasy novels. Nothing like losing yourself in an awesome unfinished saga involving masters of deception, disguise and fine cuisine led by a leader who follows the Crooked Warden.” – Shalana, Account Manager, Lexington, KY
PLAN & REFLECT
“I have a to do list I use every day to keep me from feeling overwhelmed. I try and keep as much structure as possible. I am not a naturally organized person, If I'm not diligent keeping myself organized I get stressed more easily and don't feel that I'm in control of my day. This is true for both work and personal.” – Todd, Regional Vice President, Columbus, OH
“During this crazy time, I've really focused on choosing to be grateful. It’s a great reminder that being busy is a blessing.” – Sarah, Regional Director, Dallas, TX
“A friend of mine gave me a Self Journal by BestSelf (you can order them on Amazon). They are amazing and have helped me to be grateful for something each day during these chaotic times, as well as more productive. It's a game changer! You set 13-week goals and daily goals each day to reach the long-term goal. Love it!” – Tammy, Director of Sales, Nashville, TN
It’s important to remember that there isn't a one-size-fits-all option when it comes to stress relief. What works for one person might not work for another. If you are struggling, remember, that it is okay to ask for professional help. You deserve to feel your best.
Now I want to hear from you! How do you remain positive during difficult times? Hop over to our Facebook page to share your perspective! I look forward to reading your responses.