Feeling stressed? Here's five tips on how to manage stress

1. Exercise

Gyms are still closed and some social distancing guidelines are still in place, so activities like walking, running and hiking are good ways to release endorphins. There are also plenty of exercises that you can do indoors to manage stress. Yoga, stretching and workout videos are just a few and will help to calm your mind and get your body feeling great.

2. Diet

Stress can have a negative impact on your eating habits and metabolism. Therefore, it is a good idea to be mindful of what triggers stress eating and emotional eating and think of some alternative ways to manage your stress. Try and also keep healthy snacks on hand that will help to nourish your body.

3. Hit pause

It is human nature to feel as though we need to be in complete control of our lives. As a result, it is important to learn to manage our lack of control. For example, try to limit your exposure to news. Perhaps keep up to date with the headlines and latest developments, but constant exposure to news can be overwhelming and draining. Find fun activities to do as a family that can distract you, for example puzzles, reorganise a room, redecorate or start a project.

4. Sleep

Getting the recommended amount of sleep is vital to help you stay focused and on top of your work. It might be a good idea to avoid stimulants such as caffeine before bed. If you still find that you are stressed and unable to sleep, you may need to identify a new pre-bedtime routine. A long bath or some relaxing music could help. Planning out what you want to do the following day can also help collect your thoughts and put your mind at ease.

5. Connect with others

Loneliness and isolation can lead to depression and anxiety, so it is really important to check in with family members, friends and peers regularly by phone, text or other virtual platforms.