Without a doubt, 2020 and 2021 have been challenging years. Teleworking and various safety measures led to stress and isolation for many.  According to multiple survey studies in the EU, more than half of all workers said they are negatively affected by work-related stress. Therefore, the Mental Health Union ( MHU ) launched a guide on how to cope with stress during these testing times.

1. Follow a daily routine

Come up with a structured plan for each day with clear boundaries between your work and private life, giving you a sense of control amid the uncertainty. Try to divide your day into small activities and make sure you build in time to do things you enjoy, from pursuing your hobbies or exercising to spending time with your children or pets.

2. Exercise

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, or if you are very motivated, a combination of both. That’s as little as 15 minutes a day.

3. Set limits around the news of Covid-19

Excessively checking updates of coronavirus news can leave you stressed and emotionally exhausted. Try to make a conscious effort to disconnect and build healthy news habits. While celebrating positive stories can boost your mood and wellbeing. 

4. Spend time in nature

Try to spend time in nature as numerous studies have shown it has a positive effect on mental health. Spending just 20 minutes connecting with nature can help lower stress hormone levels. Consider taking a stroll in the park after work.

5. Be empathic

With mandates and guidelines changing all the time, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by our own anxieties. Empathizing with others can help you feel less lonely, not only for others but for yourself as well.

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