Stress management

Stress is present in our lives every day.  However, during the COVID-19 pandemic most people are experiencing 

an increased level of stress.  Some of the reasons for this increased stress include:

  • Uncertainty about being safe, will I or someone I love contract COVID-19.  If so will they die or have long term effects.

  • Uncertainty about the future: will I lose my job, will my children be able to return to school, when will I be able to see my family and more.

  • Isolation due to quarantine.

  • Things are just harder than they used to be.

  • The political situation may be a source of stress.

  • Increased demands at work.

  • Working at home can have it's own challenges

  • And many more things

There are strategies that people can use to manage stress:

  • Connection with other people

  • Exercise

  • Sleep

  • Good diet

Another way to manage stress is Mindfulness.  According to Mindfulness org. mindfulness is:

"basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us."

I have put together a brief guide to Mindfulness.  I have gathered information from:

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Handbook, Stahl and Goldstein, 2010

Mindful.org:  https://www.mindful.org/what-is-mindfulness/

Summit Mindfulness:  http://summitmindfulness.com/2020/01/loving-kindness-meditation-for-oneself/

Psychology Today:  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/gratitude

Kaiser Permanente:  https://wa-health.kaiserpermanente.org/best-meditation-apps/

Therapist Aid:  therapistaid.com

Here are several individual handouts that can be downloaded.  I also include a packet of all the handouts

together.

           What is Mindfulness       

           

           Mindfulness and your body

   

           Developing a Mindfulness practice

           

           Mindfulness, Stress reduction and Emotion management

           

           Loving Kindness Meditation

           Gratitude

           Meditation and Mindfulness Apps for iOS and Android – reviewed by Kaiser Permanente

           Free, online tracks for guided meditation

           Progressive muscle relaxatiom

 

           Entire packet - all the above handouts in one document