COVID-19 has catapulted the world into shock. Both the reality of the virus’s impact and the unknowns that surround it contribute to what the American Red Cross calls “disaster-related-stress.”
One of the best ways to manage stress is to figure out a way to move your body everyday. You are a physical being build for walking, bending and stretching. If you need evidence of this (or just want to bring a smile to your face) check out our St. Andrew’s staff member and group leader (aka Grammasota Sue) on YouTube.
Movement is a natural way for the body and mind to discharge stress and tension. You don’t need to be an athlete to get the benefits of physical movement; you only need to remember to walk or dance or do some physical work everyday to change your brain chemistry, your nervous system and immune function, and the way your body feels- all for the better. If you are looking for more than a walk in the great outdoors, there are many fitness videos and apps available online now for free.
Here are some additional resources for managing stress:
CDC Guide for Coping with Stress Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
Health Partners Tips: Coping with Stress
Dana Gabor, Parish Nurse