outdoors scene

Stress reduction

Try a multi-pronged method that includes a balanced and personal approach to each of the following basic components to a healthy lifestyle:

  1. Maintain a balanced diet
  2. Exercise regularly
  3. Set aside enough time for sleep/rest
  4. Get enough social support — use technology creatively to meet with friends/family
  5. Set aside time for relaxation
  6. Spiritual practice, if any
  7. Engage with favorite art/culture/entertainment (many museums and cultural centers offer virtual experiences!)

Finally, with a new working schedule and lifestyle, think about learning a new skill, attending an online class offered in your organization, practicing midday wellness breaks, etc. Talk with friends and colleagues to brainstorm and get ideas—be creative!

See also Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: An Illustrated Guide from the World Health Organization