stress management tips

Stress management tips during the pandemic

Seven months into the pandemic and we’re pretty much back in lockdown where I am for wave two. It’s really taking it’s toll on so many people all over the world and stress management tips are needed. Stress and mental health concerns are at an all time high. Stress is the mental and/or the physical tension that can happen when adapting to any number of changes. It can result from many small to significant things, including traffic, noise, deadlines, financial difficulties, family conflict, illness etc. Stress management is critical right now. We are all in a highly stressful time. The amount of day-to-day stress is magnified by the global pandemic and the uncertainties that go along with it. 

Too much stress can be harmful to us, so it’s essential to pay attention to how much your day-to-day stress grows right now. For example, you may have been temporarily laid off work or have a loved one sick with the virus, which is a significant increase in stress. 

While some things are out of your ability to control, keeping your mind and body healthy during stressful times is key to trying not letting stress overwhelm you.

Stress management tips

  1. Take a break when you feel your stress increasing. Change what you’re doing, take a break or try a few minutes of stretching or deep breathing to help.
  2. Where possible, give yourself plenty of time to do things so that you don’t always feel rushed and panicked.
  3. Make sure you take a break-even for five minutes. Relax, read, watch a movie, contact someone to say hi. A break can help you rebalance.
  4. Exercise regularly. Any physical activity you like to do will help to relieve stress and tension.
  5. Pick your battles. Set priorities for yourself so that you can be more flexible when it comes to the less essential things in your life.
  6. Talk to someone you trust to work out your ideas or problems. They may be able to help, or sometimes just hearing a friendly voice makes a difference. 
  7. If you need it, set up a video call with your doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist or counsellor to help manage your stress more effectively.

If you have depression, anxiety or seasonal affective disorder (which may be heightened right now if you’re quarantined) I’m linking to downloadable self-care books. I give them to my business clients for employees as part of a package. I’m hoping there may be some helpful information or resources there if you need it.

Anxiety booklet


Depression booklet


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) booklet


Link to all three booklets


These tips and the booklets are just a guide and not intended to give medical advice. I have my degree in psychology but am not a practicing psychologist. If you are experiencing depression or anxiety attacks during this time, please see your counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist or doctor.

If you need some more stress management tips, check out my other posts.

Check out the WHO for some global resources.


  1. Great tips! When the first lockdowns began, my first concern was the mental well-being of everyone. I was so thankful that my mental state was in a place that it could tolerate the stress – though I still needed to make adjustments. I worried about people who were already on the brink of meltdown. This pandemic has really rocked our mental well-being and I hope by now most people have realized how important it is to keep it in check.

  2. Pandemic has set new norms… lockdown imposed stress is on the rise is not easy for many who have lost close relatives…lost jobs..facing salary cuts .. missing out on job opportunities..
    Each one will have to find their own way of coping ….diverting the mind ..moving on..

  3. Thanks for this post. It is s difficult right now. I was surprised but not surprised when they scaled back in my city

  4. Thanks for sharing. It is very challenging right now. These are helpful

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