The coronavirus is affecting everyone’s lives – both home and work. The unfamiliar and unsettling situation we now find ourselves in creates additional pressures and is causing many of us to feel stressed.
We all respond to change differently but our current circumstances are not something that any of us have experienced before. It’s completely normal to feel concerned, confused, scared or even angry during these times – this is our body’s way of responding to a unique situation.
Stress can make us feel tired, tense and overwhelmed. The combination of physical and emotional reactions to the situation can change our normal behaviour – we are less patient, become snappy or even angry. This is because stress triggers our body into ‘fight, flight or freeze’ mode to prepare us to either stay and deal with a threat or run away to safety; adrenaline starts pumping, our heart beats faster and our blood pressure rises.
The problem is that our bodies are not built to maintain the fight, flight or freeze for long. If we don’t do anything to stop this, we increase the risk of damaging our long-term health, so it’s really important that we find ways to to get stress levels down and in turn, build our personal resilience.
Use our tips to help you and your family to manage stress during this unusual time. If you’re struggling please chat with us online or call our helpline on 08081 311 333.
If you need additional support, our helpline can support you with access to our digital support programmes to help you with stress, anxiety, depression, money worries, sleep and resilience – including access to mindfulness activities.