The Year 2020 has brought a lot of ups and downs in everybody’s life. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a significant source of worry and stress for months now, with no end in sight, evoking a plethora of emotions. On top of this, there have been massive protests, both peaceful and violent, as people strive to find justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Living through stressful times can have harmful effects on our body and mind. On a global scale, this pandemic is affecting our social lives, our mental health, our sleep patterns, and more. You may be feeling afraid for yourself, your loved ones, your job, or your housing.

Sleep deprivation can affect our immune system and metabolism making us more vulnerable to infection. Stress and Anxiety can make getting a healthy amount of sleep each night more difficult. Getting proper amount of sleep is essential for the body to function well.

Loneliness describes the negative feelings that can occur when a person’s needs for social connection aren’t met. Isolation can trigger negative emotions followed by anxiety and stress. During these stressful times of the crisis phase where self isolation is the only solution to curb the spread of the virus, many suffer from loneliness . It is very important to keep one self engaged. Reports have shown a high increase in the rate of suicide in India.

How To Manage Stress?

Be active

It’s easy to skip exercise when you’re stressed, but exercise is good for your physical health. It helps combat the negative effects of stress on your body and is good for your mental health.

Be an optimist
When you’re worried or feel your stress level rising, try to surround yourself with positive thoughts and experiences. Listen to music, watch a funny video, or call a friend who makes you laugh.
Meet negativity with a positive reaction. A positive attitude will keep you from slipping back into feeling overwhelmed.

Stress affects us all, no matter what you have going on in your life. But not all stress is bad. It’s important to your natural fight-or-flight mechanism that allows you to act quickly in times of duress.
Managing stress is important in juggling the many day-to-day activities of life without letting it have a negative impact on your health. There are many things you can do to prevent stress and manage unavoidable stress.