With a definite economic collapse in the works, many unemployed and on the verge of becoming homeless (if they aren’t already) and Covid-19 sitting on the steps looking for a way in, many are stressed to the point of breakdown. Here is what I recommend to help you in these trouble times.
Stop and smell the roses: This doesn’t necessarily mean literally find a rose bush and smell the flowers. It means to take a walk and take a deep breath of fresh breath somewhere nice. Enjoy your children playing and giggling if you have them. Play with your pet. Do something that helps you relax. I went for a walk the other day and stopped under a maple tree. I took a deep breath as I noticed the smell it emits. It had been so long since I noticed such a thing.
Try meditating. Find a quiet place, close your eyes, and try to free your mind of everyday thoughts. For me, I pray during these times. I visualize myself laying face-first at God’s throne and as I lay out my problems and turn to worship, I picture Him gathering me in his arms like a child. For me, this takes away the stress.
Something else I do: I will close my eyes and picture myself in a field full of grass and wildflowers. I envision a huge tree in the distance and a cliff that drops to the ocean on one side of me. I picture myself dancing around in circles as the sun touches my face. I can feel a soft breeze. I often stay in this place until I can relax.
When you need a quick way to get rid of stress, take a deep breathe and let it out slowly several times in a row. Count to ten as you do it. Sigh. It works.
Meanwhile, I hope you all can get through this.