Stress is unavoidable in our lives, and it's a normal part of life. But because of the issues we are facing now in our society, stress is more intense.
Even the most resilient person will feel exhausted and stressed during the next few months as we wait out this pandemic. In the meantime and even in the aftermath, we are all more susceptible to depression and anxiety, so we're more vulnerable to relying on unhealthy stress relievers. If we don't learn to cope with stress, we will experience long-term health consequences.
There is another way. A simple and healthy way to control stress is mindful breathing. Breathing doesn't change external reality, but it does give you control over your internal emotional state. Emotions are not only internal states of mind, but the physical expression of them, like a tightened throat or an upset stomach.
My website contains many resources for feeling calmer even in the face of the many disruptions and stresses we are facing now.
Yet, even amid a pandemic, life continues and so do the conflicts in our lives that have always challenged us: conflicts with spouses, children, colleagues and bosses, friends, and of course-within ourselves.
If we have self-awareness and skills, we can learn how to respond rather than react to stress and feel more balance in our lives, putting us on track for positive relationships and outcomes—both personal and professional.