Health and Nutrition
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COVID-19 and Grief:
COVID-19 and Pregnancy:
As many of us begin or continue to practice “social distancing” as a precaution to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, our schedules have probably changed drastically. We may not have to go to the office to work, games and other social activities might be canceled. Those in health and government fields may have an increased work-load and stress while trying to help and guide others during this time. Either way, there is a lot of uncertainty and confusion about what is best during the COVID-19 Pandemic, which can lead to high levels of stress, fear, and anxiety.
Medically speaking, stress is the rate of wear and tear on your body caused by living. It is the physical, mental and chemical adjustments that your body makes in accordance with the circumstances of your life. It is the process the body uses to keep balance and sustain life when various demands are made on you. Research studies have shown that a single stressful event, even a really upsetting one, usually will not cause a great deal of physical or emotional damage. But, when several stressful events occur in a short period of time—called a stress pile-up—any one of a variety of unhealthy effects can be produced. Damaging stress has been related to asthma, ulcers, cancer, headaches, heart disease and stroke, rheumatoid arthritis—even to the common cold and other infectious diseases.
When stress occurs, it is important to recognize and deal with it.
- Turn to physical activity. When you are nervous, angry or upset, release the pressure through exercise or physical activity. Running, walking, tennis, or working in your garden are some of the activities you can try. Physical exercise will relieve that “uptight” feeling, relax you, and may turn your frowns into smiles. Remember, your body and mind work together. A regular routine of physical exercise will help to relieve the daily symptoms of stress.
- If you need some "in-home" exercise activities to practice during this time, click here (for older adults) or here. Be aware that some activities may be dangerous if you have not been physically active in that way for a while. Use caution and stop if you start to feel uneasy. Don't do anything you are uncomfortable with.
- Locate the source of your stress. Just identifying what is stressing you out can be helpful. Try to see the issues as they really are, feelings can make them seem bigger than they are in reality.
- Share your concerns with others. It may help to talk to someone and seek out help or a different perspective. They can give you encouragement or tips to deal with stress. High Plains Mental Health has provided a service called "7 Cups of Tea". It is a free online support system. Click Here to create an account. No one has to even know it's you on the program!
- Know your limits. If a problem is beyond your control and cannot be changed at the moment, do not fight the situation. Learn to accept what you cannot realistically change.
- Take care of yourself. Get enough rest and eat well. If you are irritable and tense from lack of sleep, or if you are not eating correctly, you will have less ability to deal with stressful situations.
- Try to:
- Eat regular meals and snacks.
- Reduce or eliminate caffeine.
- Consume more water.
- Exercise regularly.
- Limit your intake of alcohol and other addictive drugs.
- Try to: