How to Reduce Stress Brought On by Coronavirus

Are you trying to find ways to reduce the stress brought on by coronavirus and COVID-19? If so, watch this short video that has several unconventional tips on how you can reduce your stress and deal with these uncertain times.

Transcript: In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about a few counter-intuitive things you can do to reduce stress during the COVID-19 crisis.

Let’s do this.

If you’re like most people watching this video, you dealing with a lot of stress right now.

It might be because you’ve lost your job.

Or because a loved one lost their job.

Or even because employees are upset by some of the changes you’ve had to make.

No matter what the reason, I’m going to give you a few things you can do in order to help you deal with COVID-19 stress.

I addressed this topic in a previous video called How to Lead in Times of Crisis which you can watch by clicking here.

It was a super popular video, so I wanted to address the topic in today’s video about COVID-19 stress relief.

I’m assuming you’re already doing the normal things – breathing in for 2 seconds, holding it for 3 seconds and letting it out for 4 seconds. That 2-3-4 technique is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

You might also be writing in a gratitude journal which is another technique scientifically proven to reduce stress.

So now I’m going to talk to you about bigger things that you can think in order to change what’s going on in your life.

Your brain is a powerful tool and if you use it properly, it can re-frame how you handle COVID-19 stress.

Point #1: Your choices are far more important than your circumstances.

I’m going to say it again. Your choices are far more important than your circumstances.

Yes, it’s frustrating that you lost your job. Or that your income has taken a nosedive. Or that someone around you has been impacted by the virus.

Those are your circumstances, and after a certain point, you can’t do anything about those.

But you can change your choices about how you deal with those circumstances.

The choice might be to meditate each day. Or to write in your journal. Or to practice present moment awareness.

But in order to make your choices work for you, they have to become habit.

Which leads us to Point #2: Habits are not subject to self-negotiation.

In other words, a habit takes the decision about “Should I do this or should I not?” out of the equation.

By eliminating that self-negotiation, you can consistently execute something, which results in a changed life.

So I’m going to challenge you to take on one of the habits we talked about here for 7 days in a row – breathing exercises, meditation, or writing in a journal.

Do it for 7 days in a row. That’s all I ask. And then see if you can turn it into a habit.

Remember, I address this topic in a video titled How to Lead in Times of Crisis. Just click the box and you’ll be taken right to it.

Be sure to hit the subscribe button and hit the bell so you’ll be notified next time I upload an episode like this.

My name is Jamie Turner. This has been IN:60. And I’ll catch you next time.

Jamie Turner is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and management consultant who was recognized as a top 10 speaker by CarreerAddict (along with Ariana Huffington, Daymond John, and Gary Vaynerchuk). His client list includes The Coca-Cola Company, AT&T, Microsoft, Verizon, SAP, T-Mobile, and Holiday Inn. You may have seen Jamie in Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, Business Insider or the Wall Street Journal. He’s also a regular guest on CNN and HLN where he contributes segments on marketing, persuasion, and leadership.

Leave a Comment