Stress Relief Resources

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Due to the uncertainty of the world right now, our work and home lives may feel more stressful and/or anxious than ever before. A lot of tasks might be new to you such as learning to work through technology, homeschooling your children, or just finding things to do while being at home all day.

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The first thing to understand is that you are not the only person that feels this way. After speaking and listening to colleagues and friends, it only reinforces that everyone is feeling stressed and a little more anxious right now.

Personally, it has been hard for me to find a balance between working at home and also completing everyday tasks at home (laundry, meal preparation, cleaning, etc.). I’ve found it important to remember to take breaks! We have them at work, why not have them at home? Remember to take a full lunch break and not do work during them! I’ve been closing my laptop and sitting down at the kitchen table for lunch. If you’re allowed small breaks in the day, make sure you use those too!! With the weather being nice, I’ve been sitting outside for 15 minutes. This has helped me to take a mental break from work and from the inside of my house.

Another tip I have is to “unplug” after your workday is complete. Working on a computer all day and checking your phone more frequently can cause eye fatigue and headaches. Eye fatigue symptoms can cause your vision to be blurry and for your eyes to feel tired, strained, and itchy. Keeping track of your screen time can be a good way to prevent this!

Lastly, here are some ideas to use when you feel you need a mental break!

  • Take a walk or bike ride. If you have a pet, take them too!
  • Start a journal
  • Organize a closet or drawer
  • Learn another language or skill. Check-out YouTube videos.
  • Try meditation, deep breathing or yoga
  • Read a book or listen to a podcast
  • Go for a car ride
  • Try a new recipe! Maybe even try a recipe from another country
  • Call or video chat with a family member or good friend
  • Order takeout from a local restaurant
  • Exercise at home
  • Bird Watching
  • Coloring and Arts & Crafts
  • Star Gazing
  • Start a puzzle
  • Clean your car
  • Landscape your yard. Plant some flowers, herbs, or small garden.

For more recipes, resources, and activities check out our FCS page, 4-H page10-Minute Activities to Do with your kids, and our N.C. Cooperative Extension of Carteret County Facebook!