If the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing increased stress in your life, you are not alone.

With children being out of school, social and travel restrictions, and financial struggles due to layoffs everyone is feeling more stressed.

Symptoms of stress can include fear/worry, loss of or increase in appetite, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, headaches, upset stomach, muscle tension, and even low energy.

I would like to share some positive things you can do to support yourself during this difficult time.

First, take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, even on social media. Too much information is not necessarily a good thing so take some time to unwind that does not include screens.

Second, take care of your body. This includes eating healthy, regular exercise, yoga, relaxing baths, deep breathing, and even meditation.

Next, talk to people that you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Last but not least, explore hobbies that help you unwind such as crocheting, gardening, hiking, puzzles, art projects, or even board games with the kids to decrease your overall stress levels.

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Stephanie Matthews, LCSW, is the Director of Integrated Behavioral Health Services at Evolve Behavioral Health and Medication Management. She sees patients in Mount Ida and Mena.