There are no two ways about it, staying home during the pandemic is stressful. Getting divorced during the pandemic only adds to the stress. However, there are ways to reduce stress and make this time more bearable.
- Take Small Steps – We do not know when this will end, true. However, we can be fairly certain that in time it will end. We may not be able to go back to “normal”, but we will create a new normal and forge onward. In the meantime, when you are feeling especially down, take a deep breath and remember, you can do anything for a minute, hour, or day. Take it one day at a time. Take small steps forward, and remember that the big picture is out there, but to get there you will need to take small steps forward.
- Exercise when possible – The gyms are closed, classes are canceled, but that doesn’t mean exercise has to come to a full halt. If you are able, go outside and walk around the block, if it is safe. If not, there are thousands of free online classes that range from High Intensity to Meditation. Take 30 minutes and just relax and refocus your energy.
- Help Others – Everyone is feeling stuck and a bit alone these days, and for some this feeling is much more prominent than for others. Perhaps you have an elderly neighbor who hasn’t left the house in months. Or you know of a mother with small children in your neighborhood. Helping others, by dropping food off for them, or making them a small thinking of you card, will help boost your morale as well as theirs. Knowing that you are helping someone can help you with the mid-day blues.
- Get Creative – Remember when you were younger and you loved to paint, or play with Legos, or perhaps you loved to bake. Doing something creative can help you feel better, and you might even end up with a tasty treat at the end.
- Take a Break – Maybe you have had a stressful interaction at work, with a family member, or with a friend. Take a break from the situation, and go to another room, or outside if possible. If you live in a small apartment, see if you can open the window and breathe. Maybe watch an episode of your favorite show, or read a chapter of a new book. Remember, as much as you have to take care of others, you must also remember to take care of yourself.