World events are unfolding rapidly and change is crashing down on us all. In addition to all of our normal stresses and worries, now we have a thousand other things that are bombarding us like heavy hail and freezing rain.
How are we supposed to handle all this? Humans are not designed to be able to function well when there are physical, social, emotional, and financial problems happened non-stop and from every which way.
But we have to survive. We must find a way to get through all this madness and function on a daily basis, if not for us than for the little ones around us who want a bright future.
Here are my suggestions on how to handle big stress that keeps coming:
- Stay calm and don’t panic. Above all else, you have got to stay calm and do not go into panic mode. Keep your head above all of what is going on. You are not going to be able to make rational decisions if you have lost your ability to stay in control.
- Focus on one thing at a time. It is easy to start doing all kinds of things and focus on so much, but often that just makes things worse. Do one thing and get it done. Then move on to the next. Don’t overwhelm yourself or others with big to-do lists because nobody likes that. Keep things simple.
- Communicate your feelings or frustrations. People often don’t know if others are feeling stressed, ignored, or overwhelmed. Ask others how they are doing and read their verbal or non-verbal communication. Some of us don’t like asking for help or suggesting that we need help.
- Try not to worry. Worrying takes a big toll on the body. Try not to worry and instead try to think positive thoughts and be productive with your mental energy.
- Get plenty of rest. It may be hard to do, but getting rest is crucial for your functioning. It is easy to tackle projects after you have slept well.
- Drink water regularly. Try not to overload on sugary or caffeinated beverages. Water is good for you and your body and it is very affordable.
- Eat healthy food. Fruits and vegetables should be a high priority in your diet. Make sure you have as much of these as possible, especially vegetables. If money is tight, ask your local authorities if there are places to provide free fruits and vegetables to families in need.
- Keep busy and stay productive. You have got to stay active and keep doing things that are helpful. Find projects that need to be completed, and ask others to help so they are involved. You can even call family members for their suggestions.
- Stay connected with family and friends. Keep communicating with family as much as possible. Message your friends when you can. And do business networking too in your down time.
- Believe in a wonderful future. Things are tough now but we have to keep believing that our futures are going to be great, because they will.
Remember to seek professional help if you need it. There are free crisis phone numbers that you can call for help. And there are lots of resources on the internet.
Stay strong for yourself. Don’t let bills or money issues get to you or frighten you. Think of the most basic things like a place to live and food and water. Everything else is secondary to shelter and sustenance.
Love yourself and your family members, and believe in each other. Stay productive and keep doing things that can help you and your family. We need to support each other, no matter how long this uncertainty lasts.