Stress, Resiliency, and Relaxation


This pandemic has had a profound effect on all of us. We have to rethink everything we do. A quick run to the grocery store now involves hand wipes, masks, hypervigilance around other people, and a drawn-out decontamination routine when we get home. We vacillate between gratitude and worry, feeling that everything will be okay and worrying how we will ever get back to normal again. Please be assured that you are not alone. The human experience has more commonalities than we think. And although we may be impacted in different ways, we can certainly appreciate now more than ever that what affects one of us affects all of us.

So now I have a question: how are you coping? What are you doing to balance out your worry and concerns? How do you typically manage stress, and are those methods working effectively for you now? I want to emphasize the importance of choosing healthy, positive ways to mitigate and reduce your stress level.

There are many ways to lessen stress and reduce the harmful effects that it can have on our bodies and minds. A good place to start is with relaxation exercises that can be done at any time of the day. One technique is diaphragmatic breathing or “deep belly” breathing: slowly breathe into your belly and then slowly breathe out. Progressive muscle relaxation is another nice way to systematically relax