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3 Tips For Managing Stress In A Post-Pandemic World

3 Tips For Managing Post-Pandemic Stress 

The last couple of months have been challenging to say the least, and we’ve all been put under different amounts of stress in our own lives in different ways. During this time I’ve come to embrace minimalism, mindful meditation and maintain an attitude of gratitude for the things that I have. Now, I don’t want to write a post that is riddled with positive jargon, tell you to try a new workout, or talk about how much banana bread I’ve made over the lockdown period. Instead, I have 3 effective tips for reducing and managing stress during these times that I have shared below:

1. Understanding the principle of minimalism

Minimalism is, put simply, just having fewer things, or living with what is essential. Considering the mass unemployment and global economic situation currently, minimalism is very useful. However, you might be wondering, ‘what has this got to do with handling stress?’ Well, it has everything to do with it. Especially, if you are prone to overthinking, over-analyzing, over-planning, over-buying, hoarding, worrying about the present, the future, etc. Minimalism, or at least, the principles of minimalism can help you.

Minimalism is about living life based on a collection of enriching experiences, instead of focusing or longing for what we don’t have or buying things we don’t need and add nothing of value. I am not recommending throwing out things with sentimental value or getting rid of things in your home. Instead, you can focus on what truly matters, spending your time on things you love doing that brings you joy, walking your dog or adopting a pet, working out, cooking your favourite meal, talking to your friends or family, reconnecting with old friends etc., the list goes on.

If you don’t have a routine, create one. If anything on that list doesn’t apply to you, you can craft your own way of finding meaning in everyday life. It could be finding new recipes for breakfast, or helping someone in need in your neighbourhood, or just giving yourself 30 minutes a day to do something that you’ve been putting off, like starting a business, a blog or a youtube channel. By finding pleasure in simple things in our everyday lives we can, one step at a time, eliminate some of the chaos that comes with navigating life in these uncertain times.

2. Being mindful of your thoughts

Practicing mindfulness isn’t for everyone, similar to minimalism, although there are elements that can be used by almost anyone to deal with stress. Mindfulness is a method of meditation that emphasizes focusing on the present, sensing all that is around us and trying not to think about the past or the future. Again, this does not mean you shouldn’t plan for the future or stop thinking about the past and learning from it. It just means that when you are focusing on a task or spending time with someone, you should be able to give it your full attention and let’s be honest that’s not that easy to do. How many times have we gone to do one thing but ended up getting distracted or ruminating over an event that took place or even criticizing someone else?

I’m a multitasker and I like to talk a lot, all the time and go over things. HA! So, this one isn’t the easiest thing for me to do and it can be annoying to practice till you get the hang of it, if you’re anything like me. But, being mindful doesn’t have to become something you do while sitting with your legs crossed on a yoga mat wearing white and having meditation music in the background. It can be something you practice when doing laundry, cooking, eating, working, cleaning, etc. It can be incorporated into your daily life quite easily. When eating a meal, for example, try to eat it without checking your email, or being in front of a screen, so that you can focus on fully enjoying your food and being present. There is research that shows mindful eating also helps people eat healthier.

As I said earlier, there is a lot happening now, and the goal is not to ignore the world around you, rather to be happy to exist within it and do the best you can each and every day. Trying to focus on each task or moment fully can help you gradually remove stressful thoughts or replace them in your mind. Be present, you cannot change the past, but you can live in the present and ultimately that can help you shape your future.

3. Cultivating genuine appreciation and gratitude

Cultivate a sense of gratitude for every little thing you have. From the air that we breathe to the roof over our heads to the device you’re using to read this blog post. I have put this one last since it is quite hard in the midst of a difficult and stressful time to be grateful for something. But, we can practice thinking or writing down one thing we have to be appreciative or grateful for every day or at the end of every week to keep it consistent. This last step is actually tied into the first two, as it reminds us that although we might want certain things or expect things to work out one way, we can still be grateful for what we already have in the present.

I find that approaching each day at a time actually makes things to deal with when and is an excellent way to not get overwhelmed with stress. We cannot control everything but we can do our best when we are at our best mentally and physically. I know maybe some of you are thinking, ‘I have nothing to be grateful for’, well that’s not true. It does not have to be a grand thing like a million bucks, winning the lottery (lol!) or expensive gifts or even a relationship. Like I said earlier, you can simply be grateful for the air you breathe, the strength you have to stand up, the ability to watch Netflix, being able to do your job from home and make money! These are just as amazing and help put things into perspective.

About The Author

This article was written by lifestyle blogger Shanon from Minimalist Gaze. On her blog, she writes all about how to live a minimal lifestyle. If you enjoyed this post and want to see more from Shannon you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.