Ways to relieve stress during COVID-19

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A lot of our lives have been turned upside down by COVID-19 and our normal routines are no longer. When the shelter-in-place orders went into effect, some thought this would be a great time to spend time with family or just Netflix and chill. One week in and it’s turned out to be a lot more stressful than we thought. The good news is, we are all in this together. Here are some ways to help destress during COVID-19 and this shelter-in-place.

Movement

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A little bit of exercise can go a long way. Whether it’s taking your dog out for an afternoon walk, a bike ride around the neighborhood, or a yoga class on YouTube, exercise creates endorphins which will make one feel better. Some of our favorites include the Peloton Digital App (currently offering a free 90-day subscription), Yoga with Adriene on YouTube, and the C25K® 5K Trainer App (available in the iTunes App Store and on Google Play). Have kids that are driving you nuts? Check out the GoNoodle channel on YouTube to get them moving and dancing.

Cook

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Your Pinterest list may have a ton of recipes that you’ve collected over the years just waiting to be cooked and now is the perfect time to try your hand in the kitchen. Cooking is therapy for some and, fattening or not, is effective in reducing stress, curing boredom, and curving anxiety. Besides Pinterest, some of our favorite recipes come from Food Network, Simply Recipes, and Food Gawker. You can also follow your favorite chef's on Instagram for a chance to see some of them go live while they are sheltering in place. 

Structure

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While schools are closed and you may be working from home, it’s important to keep a routine. Everyone benefits from structure and routines during times of uncertainty. Make Social Learning & Emotional Learning Stick has great resources for “Keeping Calm and Structure On” during COVID-19. They are offering up a free three-video series on how to set the stage for a more calm and supportive home environment during school closures.

Art

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Who said coloring was just for kids? Believe it or not, adult coloring books have become quite popular in the last few years. Grab some crayons, markers or colored pencils, take a deep breath, and fall into the ease of coloring. You can download free coloring pages for all ages on Crayola. Have a BART enthusiast in your home? Check out our Machines of BART coloring pages and learn about the massive machines that BART uses for maintaining the system. Not into coloring? Any type of arts and crafts will help get you through this shelter in place.

Read

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There are so many good books that you can get lost in during this shelter in place. Curl up on the couch (or in bed) and let a book take you on a literary adventure. Now is the perfect time to find a book club or just dust off the one book you’ve been meaning to read. Looking for your next read? Check out the New York Times Best Seller List, Reese’s Book Club (curated by the one and only Reese Witherspoon), and Book of the Month.

Air

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Even though the weather has been hit or miss here in the Bay the last few days, just getting a bit of fresh air can help ease some of the stress you may be feeling in the home. Working from home? If your WiFi reaches outside, work in the fresh air and soak in some Vitamin C. This would also be a good time to get in some movement and take a walk around your neighborhood, while practicing social distancing of course.

Connect

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Missing your friends and family? Although you can’t see them in person, you can still get facetime virtually. With technology like Apple’s FaceTime, Microsoft’s Skype, and Zoom, you can host virtual events all from the comfort your own home. A virtual movie night, cocktail party, quiz night, dinner party, kid playdates, karaoke party or concert nights are all ways to stay connected with the ones you love even when you can’t be physically together.
 
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