How have you managed stress during COVID-19?

For the duration of this world wide pandemic, we have all had to make adjustments to our day-to-day lives. We asked readers to explain to us how they kept linked and took care of their mental well being about the previous year. Here are some of their stories.

The Srikonda family

“Given that my son’s music classes are now virtual, I can hover nearby pretending to be occupied and savor the moments listening to him enjoy. Bringing a pandemic puppy into the spouse and children has also been so fantastic for all of us. We’ve shared tons of laughs and put in time alongside one another in its place of in our individual corners of the household.”

Susan L. P. Srikonda
Advertising Communications
Columbus, OH 

Janice and Ed Piscitella on a hike

“Noticeably limiting our news ingestion authorized us to target on key challenges while preventing repetitive stories. Lots of folks were being heading to the h2o as a suggests of escape, so we had to find new fly-fishing places that pushed us out of our consolation zone but was finally quite rewarding.”

Ed Piscitelli, Retired
Janice Piscitelli, Executive with Empower Retirement
Parker, CO

The Fitzpatrick family

“As a nurse in a clinic that was hit challenging, I check out to decompress on times off with my younger sons. I discover myself continually reframing detrimental circumstances for them. Rather of focusing on the areas we cannot go simply because of COVID, we find a amazing new spot to discover each weekend. Alternatively of focusing on the time away from college, we emphasis on the additional household time. Focus on gratitude, not the matters we are lacking.”

Ashley Fitzpatrick
Nursing Supervisor, Cardiac Lab
Closter, NJ

a man receives a greeting card

“I mail greeting cards to members of my church to preserve in touch … and to dozens of strangers each month. On each individual card, I hand-write an inspiring message to brighten the days of people whose life may possibly be more depressed than what I in some cases think mine is. Happiness is like jam . . . You are not able to unfold even a tiny with no finding some on oneself!”

Raymond Herzog
Retired Electronics Engineer
Middleburg Heights, OH

Paul Macrina

“As a collegiate athlete, the reduction of spring lacrosse has been incredibly rough. I understood that so a lot of other folks my age have been struggling to adapt to this new and mad daily life. I designed the Survive Your Mind podcast so everybody could discuss about their mental wellbeing.”

Paul Macrina
Pupil
Drexel College

Nicole Sheehan

“From the time my alarm goes off in the morning until eventually I get into bed at night, I’m communicating with [my teaching colleagues] and I are not able to imagine carrying out this yr without having them.”

Nicole Sheehan
Grade 3 Trainer
Norfolk, MA

Kevin Gbolie

“My pals and I would have typical board match evenings after a thirty day period. Luckily, we have the know-how to take that on the internet. We get collectively more than a video clip contact, engage in some online games, speak, and appreciate some treats and beverages ‘together’ for a couple of hours. It really is a wonderful escape from the information cycle.”

Kevin Gbolie
Community Manager
Washington, DC

Robyn Hunt Vogel

“I meditate 10 minutes each individual day before operate. Getting outside, with all the visuals and sounds, gets me to unplug, which has been key to my psychological wellbeing. I also print out inspirational quotations and tape them anonymously on teacher’s doors. Some times you just want a minimal like.”

Robyn Hunt Vogel
Significant College Aide
John’s Creek, GA

Kathy Ramsey

“Plan and composition, this sort of as trying to keep bedtime the exact just about every evening, were essential, along with being grateful for superior foods.”

Kathy Ramsay
Retired
Latham, NY

Aine Lutes and her family

“I focused on increasing my Irish language capabilities. It manufactured me not skip siblings and an aged mother or father back again property as I don’t know when I can vacation to them.”

Aine Lutes
Banking executive
San Diego, CA