Updated: Dec 31, 2020
Stress gets a bad rep. But stress can be a good thing. Why? Because stress motivates you to solve problems in your daily life. It alerts you to let you know what's working and what isn't working. When you create the space between you and stress, then you can approach it in a more impactful and beneficial way. Reframe how you see stress by first accepting it as an emotion and as a tool for feedback. The goal isn't to eliminate stress from your life, but to manage it in a way that reduces how it disrupts your everyday. With being quarantined, you'll have to get a little bit creative with how you cope with stress. But that's okay. Use now to pivot and exercise other coping strategies to accommodate some of the limitations that you're already experiencing. Here are five ways to begin reframing how you view stress while being quarantined:
Set aside time for yourself. By being quarantined, it may mean you have a lot more time than you've had in quite a while. For some of you, this is a blessing, while for others, it can feel a bit terrifying! Either way, this time is urging you to just be. It's nudging you to slow down and to get to know yourself even more so. Being quarantined is a great time to enjoy some personal time with yourself. Frankly, it's not unusual for personal time to be at the bottom of the list. But now, it doesn't have to be. Explore what used to feel good, the activities that used to be fun for you, and reconnect.