NaTasha A. Bailey, MS, LMFT
Photography by: Oluremi Adebayo
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MYSELF DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
Stress is a part of life and we all deal it. How we choose to manage our stress is key to surviving difficult times. Uncertainty, is on full blast right now with ours jobs, school, relationships and even vacation plans. You have the right to feel anxious . According to its medical definition, anxiety is a state consisting of psychological and physical symptoms brought about by a sense of apprehension at a perceived threat. Not all anxiety is bad for us. Some anxiety can help motivate us to get things done and in order. For example, when preparing for a presentation, you may organize and have better time management in order to be better prepared to do your best.
Anxiety is a normal response to life experiences, a protective mechanism that has evolved both to prevent us from entering into potentially dangerous situations. Be clear anxiety cause various emotions but emotions are not facts. Be aware what your feelings are telling you. You need to discern what your feelings are trying to tell you.
Emotions are not always accurate and they are not to be trusted. No doubt that things will be tough for all of us right now, give yourself grace and be kind to yourself and others. This too shall pass. You got this sis!
Here are a few healthy coping tips to help you deal with stress during these uncertain times.