Social Distancing

Top Stress Relief Tips for Making the Most of Social Distancing

Here are some great stress relief techniques that will help you improve your morale. Please share them with your friends and family as we are all in this together.

With all the stress that can be associated with social distancing, many in my network have asked for ways to make this time more productive and positive. Since we can only control our own actions, here are some great techniques that will help you improve your morale. Please share them with your friends and family as we are all in this together.

Also, please feel free to share tips and techniques that work for you.

For Your Body

Physically, it is very important to stay hydrated – especially with warm and hot beverages. The virus apparently lives in our throats for 4 days before activating in our lungs, so if you wash it into your stomach with warm and hot liquids your stomach acid can neutralize it.

If you have a yard or uncrowded park available, doing some grounding with the earth would be beneficial.

Taking some deep breathes is very helpful, as is touching your temples (wash your hands first just to be safe).

For Your Mind

First of all, remember to be grateful – regardless of the situation you are better off than many others and it is up to you to form your reality of the world.

This is a great time to elicit your personal values on your career, family, relationships and/or health. Once you have clarified your personal values, turn your dream into a goal and create a vision board or binder to continually reinforce where you ultimately want to be in your life. If any of your goals or visions seem scary to pursue, try reframing your fear and ask yourself “what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”

And if you are looking for alternatives to streaming videos, negative news and social media, consider:

For Dealing with Others

Try to limit your contact with negative people whenever possible. If you need to engage with a negative/toxic person, take a deep breath and resist the temptation to comment and/or encourage a negative conversation. By not encouraging the negative talk, that person will likely look for someone else to dump on and free your time for more positive activities. Also, make a conscious effort to surround yourself with positive people.

When you have a one-on-one conversation, put down your phone and close your laptop so that you give that person your full attention. Try not to judge what the person is saying and just listen. You both will benefit from you being fully present and objective.

Consider providing random acts of kindness. At the beginning of your day, take one minute to send an email or text to someone thanking them or complimenting them on something they did. Make it short and sweet and don’t mentally put the expectation to yourself that a response is needed. This simple act is a win-win for both you and the lucky recipient.

When you have a conversation with someone and your active mind thinks “I better remember that, write it down. Even if you don’t have your notebook or laptop with you, use a calendar or notes app on your phone or even text or email yourself a reminder. Don’t assume you will remember it later because you are asking for unnecessary stress if you forget.

“Chunk up” your dialogue. When you find yourself in a conversation with someone who is providing too many details, ask them “what is this an example of?” to get them to think about their issue in higher level chunks. If you are in a conversation with someone who isn’t providing enough detail, ask them “what are examples of this?” to get more specific details you may need. This will allow you to effectively communicate with these individuals and minimize your stress by not wasting time trying to get to the point of the conversation.

Seek out a go-to person who you can talk to when you need to vent. This could be a coworker, family member, or friend. Just be sure that you use this opportunity to express your frustration rather than placing blame (refer to the “Avoid the Victim Mentality” technique), and make sure it is someone who will be supportive of you.

When you find yourself struggling with the solution to a problem, reach out to your network of friends and/or coworkers who have experience in this area. If you don’t have somebody in mind, consider asking your friends/coworkers if they have somebody they could recommend or Google a professional coach with a background similar to yours who can help you find a solution.

If you have had a negative encounter with someone during the day, write it down and then use the following process to remove any lingering negative emotions or stress:

  1. Before you go to bed, review what you wrote down and recall those who were involved.
  2. Close your eyes and imagine that person facing you. Look them in the eyes and say to them, “I forgive you. Please forgive me,
  3. Imagine that person giving you a sign that they have forgiven you.
  4. Repeat as necessary for any other people involved in the negative encounter.
  5. When completed, take a deep breath and open your eyes. You should feel a sense of relief.

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Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions – remember, we are all in this together.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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