We’re living through times of high stress and anxiety, and it’s natural to be worried about something you have no control over. We all process troubling information, and react to it differently. It’s important that we guard our emotional health for our own wellbeing, and to help our friends and family members.
Here are some ways to deal with stress and anxiety during periods of uncertainly. I use these methods to make sure I am taking care of myself, my family, colleagues, and the business.
- Take care of my body. I am a runner, and I find that exercising regularly helps to relieve stress. I also try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals and get enough sleep. Oral health has many links to overall health and wellness, so I brush and floss my teeth every day.
- Balance my news intake. As the CEO of a mid-size company, it’s vital that I stay informed. I watch, listen to, or read the news for updates. I get my news from reliable sources, because there is a lot of misinformation circulating, and I find it helpful to take a short break from the news.
- Take a break from work. Many of us are working at home and homeschooling our children. Your added responsibilities may be different than mine, and it could be harder than ever to take a break. However, taking time to participate in enjoyable activities unrelated to work (like running, for me) helps me return to responsibilities with a fresh perspective.
- Connect with others. It is business as usual at Northeast Delta Dental, with more than 90% of our employees working from home, and those working in the office distancing themselves from each other to stay safe and healthy. I miss the on-campus interactions with many of my colleagues. Although it takes a little more effort for me to reach out with a phone call, email, or a face-to-face online conversation, it’s worth it. I am investing in keeping my support system strong, and I am reminding others that I am part of their support system.
If you have found other ways to preserve and protect your emotional health during these challenging days, please tell me what they are. We can learn from each other.