Just when we began to take a breath from the Delta surge, the Omicron variant permeates the news. While some seem to go on about their lives without significant worry, others find themselves with renewed anxieties about infections. Uncertainty and fear, once again, can hijack our amygdala, which is the part of our brain that signals potential danger. This can cause us to be on high alert.
To ease anxiety brought on by the most recent COVID-19 surge, here are 6 tips to help you manage stress:
- Protect yourself utilizing the best methods we know such as vaccinations, boosters, masking, social distancing, and washing your hands. Be vigilant.
- Identify a solid scientific based information source. If you are exposed or develop symptoms of concern, consult a trusted source for directions.
- Limit your exposure to media designed to trigger your alarm and activate your senses.
- Calm your thoughts. Intentionally unplug and refocus. Movement, Music, Meditation, Mindfulness, or Mindless activities can be useful to provide a break from daily stress.
- Connect with people, pets, or purpose. Each can be ways of refocusing your energy on meaningful pursuits.
- Engage in the self-care techniques that have gotten you through the earlier waves of the pandemic
If you are having difficulty coping with the stressors, consider calling Work/Life Connections-EAP at 615-936-1327 for a confidential appointment with one of our EAP Counselors.