A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post on dealing with stress naturally. In the post, I shared with you some of the secrets I have used in the past to de-stress my tired mind and bod. Right now, It’s pretty safe to say that most of us are experiencing stress on levels that we have never experienced before. In fact, I would think that you might be a tad delusional if you weren’t feeling just a little bit of tension with the current state of the world.
While it's perfectly normal to feel stress and anxiety right now, I believe it's also very important to take steps to lower our stress and help soothe our souls. So how does one reduce their stress levels in the middle of a pandemic? Especially living with financial pressures and while fearing for our lives and the lives of our family and friends. How does one mitigate stress when we can’t connect with touch or live freely in our communities?
I am going to share one of the most powerful ways to reduce your stress right now.
BE OF SERVICE
Studies show that being of service to others may help you feel more connected and can ward off painful feelings of depression and even loneliness. One 2012 study in the Journal of Health Psychology found that people who volunteered their services lived longer. In a nutshell, we can manage stress better when we do good deeds for others. Helping others feels good and it’s harder to feel stress when we’re happy.
So how do we be of service when most of us are in lockdown?
You could donate some money to local charities that mean something to you. It doesn’t have to be a lot, just share what you can spare.
Write a list of “small acts of kindness” you could do and try to do one every day. Start in your own home, with your loved ones and find ways to branch out to your community.
If you have a special skill or an ability, offer to share some of your knowledge with someone who could use help.
Make it a habit to spread love wherever you go, even if it is just the gift of a smile. Call people you care about and tell them how much they mean to you. Maybe you could aim to make all your social media posts loving and kind.
Read over the phone to the elderly or someone who is shut in. Or have a child read to you for practice.
Whatever you choose to do, choose to be in service. While stress can help in the short term with productivity, It is almost impossible to be creative if you're stressed. Since creativity and well being go hand in hand together, it makes perfect sense that reducing your stress level should be paramount.
Why not reap the benefits of helping out others? What ways do you think you could be in service today?