5 Causes of Stress When You’ve Pulled Away From Society (and What to Do About It!)
Written by Gwen Payne
There are many reasons why households continue to stay separated from the rest of the world. Today, this often means someone has a compromised immune system, and limiting contact with others is crucial to their health. Whatever your reasons, it’s likely that your family has already experienced stress. If you’re looking for ways to reduce anxiety for your entire crew, keep reading today’s Salem For All blog for five of the most common causes of tension and tips on how to get through whatever may come.
Working Too Much
In 2020, many of us were suddenly thrust into work-at-home roles. While this no doubt helped mitigate the spread of the virus, it may have been a source of anxiety, especially for those of you in leadership roles. Managing employees, whether in person or remote, isn’t easy. Working too much can take a toll on your personal and professional life. ZenBusiness explains that around 45% of managers report that maintaining a work/life balance is one of the most stressful parts of their job. When you’re working at home, this can be exacerbated tenfold. Look for ways to set boundaries with your own superiors and subordinates. This might mean turning the phone off after business hours. You also have to set boundaries with yourself, which Today explains might mean creating new routines and habits to break old ones.
Not Enough Work
While a huge chunk of workers were able to take their jobs home, not everyone was so lucky. Many of us, especially in the restaurant and entertainment industry, have found that there’s simply not enough work to make enough money to pay our bills. You are likely already freelancing and doing side jobs, but there are other ways to make ends meet. You can start by looking for unemployment benefits in your state. You can also check Salem For All for information about discounted events, classes, and other opportunities that can give you a bit of respite from your financial worries.
No Outside Interactions
Social isolation is detrimental to your mental health. Behavioral health services Triangle Springs explains that it can cause sleep disruption, depression, and even PTSD. Even if you are maintaining a safe distance from others, you must cultivate your friend and family relationships. You can do this by video chatting or planning for safe, in-person interactions, such as a socially distant backyard barbecue, outdoor movie, or game night, using lawn games, such as cornhole and disk toss.
When you’re in the same place day in and day out, things tend to get monotonous quickly. Unfortunately, this can suck the joy right out of life. Don’t be shy about changing up your routine. If you typically wake up at 6 AM, sleep in on Tuesdays. Go for a jog before you start work for the day. Let someone else cook dinner sometimes. Whatever you choose to do, even if it’s just changing the time you do certain things, breaking your routines will help each day be more meaningful for your entire family.
Too Much Time Together
Even if you only live with one other person, when you spend all day and night with them seven days each week, you may get weary of their company. Unfortunately, this can cause fighting, especially between siblings. Since you are not quite ready to head back into the outside world, you’ll have to look for ways to space out at home. This might mean building a roof over your patio, adding a sunroom, or putting a hammock in the backyard. As cooler weather sets in, you might also want to invest in a fire pit or outdoor heater so that you can still spend time outdoors.
The stress of being separated from the rest of the world can weigh on you exponentially. But, it doesn’t have to. Look for your own personal stress triggers, and think of ways to eliminate them. A final tip: eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep. These three simple actions will go a long way toward keeping your mind and body healthy until you are ready to reemerge once again.