2020 has been the year that no one could have predicted would be as stressful and exhausting as it has been. Capetonians have had to deal with a global pandemic and the chaos that has ensued. For some, this included retrenchments, salary cuts, worrying about the health of family and other loved ones, and a few unexpected earthquakes.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), stress can manifest in a number of ways. These inlude:
– neck and shoulder pain
– an upset stomach
– a heavy feeling in the chest
“Added to the fear of contracting the virus in a pandemic such as COVID-19 are the significant changes to our daily lives as our movements are restricted in support of efforts to contain and slow down the spread of the virus. Faced with new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends and colleagues, it is important that we look after our mental, as well as our physical, health,” the WHO said.
The organisation has recently released a new guide to help anyone better cope with and alleviate stress. Called Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: An Illustrated Guide, the resource material aims to equip people with practical skills to help cope with stress.
Grounding Exercise 1 (En)
Grounding Exercise 2 (En)
Grounding Exercise 3 (En)
Notice and Name (En)
Unhooking from Unkind Thoughts (En)
Making Room (En)
Being Kind to Yourself (En)