First of all, just BREATHE. It sounds so simple, but when we’re stressed out we tend to take shallow, quick breaths. Taking the time for 5 deep breaths will calm our central nervous system down and allow us to think more clearly and creatively.
Second, focus on what you can control. There are a lot of things outside of our control during COVID-19, but three things that we can control are how much exercise we get, how much and what we eat, and how much sleep we get. So taking time for exercise, drinking plenty of water and sleeping well are really important to making sure that we build up our immune system and have the reservoir of energy necessary to be there for other people.
Thirdly, Make sure that you’re taking advantage of this pause in your normally hectic routine. Take the time that you would usually spend commuting and use it to check in with a friend, family member or neighbor. Getting out of our own heads and focusing on somebody else is really a relief during times of stress.
For more tips on how to manage yourself and your team during times of crisis, we invite you to watch our webinar: Strategies and Stress Relief for Women Leaders During COVID-19. Sign up here.