Manage pandemic-related stress using free online tools

Posted at 11:36 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 15:33:01-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Stress is common during the pandemic, but if you are feeling stressed, you're not alone.

"Definitely a lot of increased anxiety, a lot of worry a lot of fear over everything that's happening and what's to come," said Megan Tevens, Senior therapist with Horizon Health.

Tevens has some suggestions to help manage anxiety.

"Limiting social media, and making sure that if you need to, you're setting a daily limit on how much time you're exposed to the things that are out there. Practicing mindfulness techniques," she said.

Some of the things you can do at home to help manage your stress are meditation or even yoga, and there are resources online for yoga and guided meditation.

Governor Cuomo recently partnered with Headspace to provide free mindfulness and meditation resources.There are guided meditations for stress, anxiety, sleep - for children and health care workers.

Tevens said sources that are available all times of the day are especially helpful.

"You never know when you're going to feel anxious, you never know when you're going to feel overwhelmed and so being able to have 24 access to support and resources like that is very very helpful and beneficial," she said.

It's also important to keep in touch with family and friends by video calls or even by text.

Other apps that provide guided meditations are UCLA Mindful, Calm and Youper.