How Are You Really Doing

How Are You Really Doing?

It is important to not only help those around us and the people we love but to also take care of our own physical and mental health. Adjusting to the global shut downs, economic losses, job losses, health risks and death tolls as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has been an eye-opening, overwhelming and traumatic experience for the world and while we are experiencing this together we are all unique and respond to it differently.

There is also added anxiety and we expect to get a better sense of the real toll that all of this has taken on our minds, families and livelihoods now that some countries are slowly re-opening businesses and easing travel restrictions, while others remain in a state of emergency.


Today's article is a check-in and a check-up on our amazing readers to not only see how everyone is doing but most importantly to provide tips and strategies that will help to reduce anxiety, manage stress and help others who may be having a harder time than most coping mentally.

One in five people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime and the month of May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness month since 1949. With that in mind we hope this article helps to create awareness and break the stigma associated with anxiety and depression.



How Do You Respond to Stress?


Personality Lackluster
Some are unable to do much, lose track of time as the hours and days pass by and spend the days simply trying to get by.


Personality Burn Out
Some cope with fear and uncertainty by trying to keep busy with projects around the home, organizing, tackling old and new goals, which can  be exhausting both physically and mentally and could result in burn out.


Personality Negative Thoughts
Some allow fear to take over and begin to imagine the worst, which can be either crippling or stirs up an extreme sense of hopelessness that could result in contemplating harming oneself to escape it all.


Personality Anger
For some the fear of not being in control of our lives and future results in a build up of anger and a desperate will to regain the stability and sense of normalcy that we've lost, so we put not only ourselves in harms way but risk the lives of others as well.


Personality Abuse
Others try to regain their freedom and control with harmful actions that directly results in the physical, verbal, mental and emotional abuse of others as they seek to either point the finger, pass blame or release their own frustrations.


Personality Escape
Many try to escape it all by suppressing their thoughts and numbing their emotions using temporary feel good substances such as alcohol and other substances that include both legal and illegal drugs that could create an even bigger problem of addiction and dependency in the long run.


Personality Stress Management
Others acknowledge how they feel and then proceed to work on those feeling of stress, fear, anxiety and uncertainty in healthy ways.  Dealing with each moment as it comes by using stress reducing tools like (music, exercise, reading, prayer, meditation, keeping a daily journal, dancing, quality family time, enjoying hobbies, doing good, going to therapy etc) to remain hopeful, grateful and to help them to not only cope but to continue to thrive despite the circumstances.

This does not mean that personality stress management has it all figured out. It simply means that they hope and believe that they will get through it and will be wiser, stronger and better because of it.  Most importantly they are actively working toward that goal. While strengthening their resolve one day and one step at a time.

This hope they feel did not drop out of thin air, it comes from the strength gained through past experiences, lessons learned from others and their own life journey. They are willing to educate themselves about the current situation, learn how others dealt with similar circumstances in the past and to try new techniques that will help them to deal with and overcome negative emotions and behaviors.



How to Effectively Manage Stress

Effectively managing stress is certainly the healthier way to get through difficult situations like the global pandemic and economic downturns that we are currently experiencing but it takes some of us much longer to get to that point than others. We have shared practical stress management techniques and more helpful ideas below that we hope will help you to effectively navigate and get through these uncertain times and the stressors that lie ahead. 



1. Identify your personality type:
The first step is to identify where you are on the personality spectrum right now. Whether you fit just one personality type, a combination or fluctuate between them based on the day and circumstance.


2. Acknowledge your feelings:
We can all become better at coping and getting through difficult situations by acknowledging how we feel.


3. Ask for and accept help:
Knowing our stressors or what pushes us over the edge and not being afraid to reach out and ask for help when we are struggling is extremely important in dealing with stressful situations. Talking and confiding in a loved one, friend or professional counselor or therapist will help you to express your feelings and voice your thoughts in a positive way instead of harming yourself mentally and physically by keeping them in.


4. Practice self care:

Eat Healthy: Fuel your body with the nutrients it needs and remember to start your day of right with a delicious plus nutritious breakfast for a happier, healthier you! Avoid greasy foods with high glycemic indexes, which will make you feel bloated, sluggish and lethargic. You can also clean up your diet and improve how you feel by eating leafy greens  and fruits packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which help to naturally boost your energy levels.



Exercise Regularly: Exercise releases a floodgate of endorphins and getting a good workout can be a major stress-reliever. Simple ways to exercise when you can't get to the gym include frequently using the stairs, dance workouts that you can do in your living room. Or doing twenty minutes of stretches, jumping jacks, sit-ups, jump rope and push-ups.

Walking or jogging in your neighborhood or local park for thirty minutes to an hour is also a great way to get a change of scenery, take some deep breaths of fresh air, and find peace in the beauty of nature. (Remember to stay safe by practicing social distancing)



Rest Up:
Sleep is also essential for our overall health. Too little sleep can affect your mood, make you less emotionally resilient, more prone to depression, lead to weight gain, weaken your immune system, and the list goes on. Make sure you’re getting a recommended seven to nine hours every night and if you’re not, try to sneak in an afternoon nap.


Use Stress Relief Techniques:
Some effective ways to reduce your stress levels and boost your mood include; listening to soothing music, reading, praying, practicing breathing exercises, keeping a daily journal, dancing, having lighthearted conversation with family and friends and enjoying personal hobbies like painting etc.



Relax and Unwind:
It's important to take the time to unwind at the end of a stressful day, instead of spending the last few hours before bed time on social media or binge watching a show. Choose to practice self care instead by taking a warm bath or long shower that will help to soothe tense muscles, relax the body and calm your mind.



How to Help Others

Knowing the personality spectrum will also help you to understand how others around you are doing and help you to see the signs for those who are at the edge so you can reach out and offer help or guide them toward a source more equipped to provide the help that they need.

If you or someone you know is having a really difficult time coping with the stress and anxiety of the current situation and has suicidal thoughts. Know that you are not alone and the help you need is within reach. Please call the appropriate helpline listed below immediately. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and your call is confidential and free.

US Helpline: 1-800-273-8255
Canada Helpline: 1-833-456-4566
UK Samaritans Helpline: 116 123
If you are not in these regions please call the appropriate number for your current location. A quick google search should provide the necessary information and list available resources for your country and local area.


Be safe, be kind and  stay healthy!



Discover more:
Natural and effective ways to relieve stress that include what foods to eat and drink as well as natural herbs and scents that help to boost your mood in our "Stress Relief The Natural Way: 10 Tips To Help You Stress Less" article.



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38 comments:

  1. in order to get the help we need - even from ourselves - an honest answer to that question is absolutely necessary. It serves us well to just stop for a moment, especially during these crazy times, and really check in. Thanks for the great points you are making today. Blessing!

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  2. This is so on point. There are strong people who are making the most out of their time during this pandemic. But there are also people who are suffering from depression, I think that we really should check our friends once in a while to see if they're okay.

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    1. Absolutely not everyone copes the same and we should check in others as well.

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  3. I have enjoyed this post so much! As I can relate to a lot of things that has been mentioned. I have gone through your list of effectively managing stress just recently. Asking for help was the main key that has helped me get to the state being that I am in now. Glad to have amazing friends. I am okay, and hopeful for what's to come after this pandemic is over.

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    1. It really is important to have support and people you can turn to for help, advice etc.

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  4. I have good days and bad days. The important thing is to remember that tomorrow is a new day.

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    1. Being hopeful for the future really helps.

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  5. We all needed this. Been trying to start self-care habits but unsure where to start. This will be a great start for me, thanks :)

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    1. It's great to hear that this is just what you needed at this time, we send lots of wishes for success with your self care lifestyle change.

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  6. lovely post! we do all have better days and worse days but in the end of the day caring for yourself and attitude is what amtters

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  7. I will save this one for a future read, when I will feel lost again. Thanks

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    1. That's a really good idea, visit us as many times as you like to be inspired.

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  8. I will bookmark this beautiful information that will surely ignite my mind. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. To be honest I have had days when I have not been doing well and have just signed up for some therapy sessions because the last few months have been so difficult. Sometimes we do need to be honest with ourselves that actually we are not doing all that great.

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    1. Hi Talya, it's really good that you have taken the steps needed and you are getting help. We hope that your honesty on here will encourage others to do the same.

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  10. I to be honest am not fine. I find it hard to manage my emotional stress as it affects my anxiety error. I am bookmarking it for my future reference.

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    1. Hi Monidipa, thank you for opening up and sharing with us, acknowledging how you feel is a very big first step so it's really good that you've done that and yes please use the stress relief tips above as often as you need.

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  11. Your tips for managing the stress of the current events are excellent. I follow many of them.

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    1. Thank you Rhonda and thumbs up to you for practicing self care.

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  12. Kristine Nicole Alessandra08:22

    I have depression, but I think I am doing well, despite the on-going crisis. I try to keep myself busy, and I have learned to love Netflix (I was never interested in that before this lockdown began). I am coping, and I hope I can stay this way till we get back to our normal lives, if we ever will.

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    1. Thank you for sharing Kristine, we hope that you can continue to do well.

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  13. Amazing post! We have to learn to take care of ourselves so that we are strong enough to take care of others.

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  14. Rose ann sales10:32

    When lockdown start i plan to do somethings to be productive, and i've learn some new things that i can't believe in myself that i can.

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  15. I'm actually doing fairly well through lockdown. I'm mad at people who are too selfish to wear a mask, but in general I'm functioning well.

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  16. This is very good. From what I have heard, the emotional toll has been incredibly damaging worldwide. I hope that we are able to get to a better place very soon.

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  17. Looking at your feed was so relaxing. I loved the aesthetic of it.

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  18. I was very agitated this past week. So I practice mindfulness and meditate a lot. It did help.

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  19. These are all good points about the different elements of how we are handling these times. I am doing ok, but with the nicer weather, I am feeling particularly sad about how the kids aren't getting to do their sports or swimming.

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  20. I do exercise to get rid of my stress and I find it quite helpful, I also tried to have a good bath and invest in good skincare product to help out with the stress.

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  21. it is amazing...totally true..Love your ideas and these points..Self care is the best thing..we should always put ourself on the first...instead of hoping from anyone else for giving us value we should value ourself....This is quite inspiring...(World in Eyes)

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  22. What really helps me when stressed is sleep and a cup of really nice herbal tea. Lately I've been dancing few minutes every day and that also been amazing for my well-being.

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  23. I actually thrive and love being alone in my apartment a lot. I can do a lot of things that I want to do. I can still go to the park (the lockdown isn't severely enforced here) and just live kind of normalluy.

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  24. Thankfully I am finding lockdown and stayng home to be a good time for me and my family, I know that is not the case for many though. Mich x

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  25. I am doing well. Except for the fact I thought that image above ws donuts. I must be hungry.

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  26. I've been really trying to practice some minor self-care. and i'm trying to recognize that we're all in this weird spot. Ya know?

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