Life has changed. Most of us will not be able to access our usual coping strategies and activities that we employ to feel less stressed and feel good about ourselves. At the same time, we have new worries in our lives: concerns about our health and that of our loved ones; being confined by ourselves or with others that we normally have a break from; either not working and having money worries or working at home and navigating new territory. So, we all have to adapt and make changes to protect our mental and emotional well-being, not just our physical health.
Why is finding new alternative activities important?
Our bodies are like jugs being filled with water; some events will pour more water in than others, but it all adds up. We experience being stressed when the water in the jug overflows. This is why when we experience the ‘last straw’ moment of something, that we may consider to be not that stressful, that we question why we may not be coping. However, it is the accumulative effects of all the other events and experiences that have contributed to it that leads to stress and anxiety.
Certain activities pour water out of the jug to stop it from overflowing, preventing us from experiencing an overwhelming sense of stress. So, if you normally go to the gym, meet friends, plan holidays etc, that is, your usual means of pouring water out of your jug then you need to adapt and discover new activities.
Download our ‘Learning to Adapt’ summary which includes a general list of types of activities that are realistic and achievable in our present circumstances.