In real life, it is not as fun or healthy to be scared. Unfortunately, there have been a lot of scary things happening in 2020. The biggest one, of course, is the COVID-19. Many people are experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression during this time. These are some ways that can help manage stress and anxiety.

  • Control those things you can and let go of the things you can’t. If I have trouble with this, I quote the Serenity Prayer. Angela Mayou also says it well, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Things you can control—washing your hands, wearing a mask, removing yourself from people who make you uncomfortable…
  • Practice gratitude and learn to find the positive things in a situation. This doesn’t mean to ignore or suppress all of your negative feelings. Sometimes you need to vent and get all those negative feelings out before you can let them go and move on. It is important to vent to someone you trust.
  • Schedule time to spend with family, friends, and yourself. Don’t wait for it to happen or it probably won’t. Pick up that phone and plan a date on the calendar.
  • Take care of yourself! Eat healthy, exercise, even if it is just a walk through your neighborhood. Just MOVE!! And get enough sleep.
  • Find those activities that create positive feelings. Sitting by the water brings me peace. Hiking up a mountain makes me feel strong and empowered. Spending time with my grandchildren brings me happiness. Find what does it for you.

Finally, go watch a good scary movie!!!

Take care and stay healthy!
Annette Fields
Executive Director