No matter if you thrive in this environment, no matter if
you’re scared…….you are experiencing new and varying levels of stress right
As you experience the shifts from adrenaline rush to fatigue
to panic to loss of routine to anger (in any order), take note of these
experiences and look for opportunities to engage in a way that is more
meaningful and helpful to you. This is
a simple survival tactic that you must begin practicing today.
- Consider which of your senses is on overload
- Consider what would help you. For example: if you are struggling to detach
from a screen, and the noise is causing you to feel negative….take a sensory
break from that stimulation. Yes, it can
be that simple.
- Don’t be fooled into thinking “I can’t”.
- Don’t be fooled into thinking, “I’m fine, I can
- I challenge you to notice and begin spending 5 minutes decompressing. Increase those minutes as you notice the increase in disruption and increase the minutes before bed.
What is it?
Do I have it?
- Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted by data from
people and screens?
- Having more extreme thoughts related to all of
the information (ie: why is everyone worrying, what’s the big deal, I wish
everyone would just stop…, what if….).
- Maybe your level of sarcasm is beyond the norm
- Pay attention to what your body is telling you
(irritability, tense, unfocused, etc).
You may be experiencing information (both info. that is true and false) fatigue.
DO: figure out how to separate yourself, at times
throughout the day. EVERY MINUTE IS
IMPORTANT. Yes, it is! Take minutes if you are unable to take hours.
consider keeping other parts of your daily routine. When feeling stressed, we often feel distracted
and unfocused. This is a time when we
feel like screens are a helpful distraction.
They are NOT.
engage in activities or with people that do NOT include conversations related to
your current stressors (for many right now it’s COVID-19).
yourself from stressful information at least 30 minutes before bed…60 is preferred.
check in with yourself throughout the day to see how much data you are taking
in and how it’s affecting you.
~Rebecca DoughertyFroelke, MSW, LCSW