Coping with Stress & Anxiety in Uncertain Times

If there's one thing that is certain, it's that 2020 has affected everyone in one way or another. Whether it's COVID related anxiety, political stress, financial worries, racism, or isolation- this year has been harder for most people than any before. For me personally, being a full-time student with two part time jobs, I need to have coping mechanisms and stress management practices in place to stay sane. Luckily there are a myriad of resources, articles, videos, podcasts, etc. available to help you cope during these times of uncertainty and hardship. I’ve put together a few resources that have helped and resonated with me. Feel free to add any resources of your own in the comments below!

~Justin Long, Student Success Coach

Here is a great article with practical tips and advice to help you deal with ‘Election Stress Disorder’ and the constant news headlines stressors:

Dr. Tracey Marks has some of my favorite mental health videos online. Below are some of her videos on managing stress, anxiety, and worry during the pandemic:

My personal friend and life coach Courtney Peacock shares her insight on understanding and managing stress, as well as a helpful pdf (it's long but worth a listen!)

Stress & Success
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Finally, here is a list of some of the podcasts that have helped me through 2020:

  • Daily Breath with Deepak Chopra: Short daily mindfulness mediations you can do anytime, any place

  • Mindful in Minutes: Another great podcast with guided mediations to help you deal with issues such as stress and anxiety

  • Anxiety Slayer: Supportive conversations, meditations, relaxations, and breathing techniques

  • The Anxiety Guru Show: Lots of helpful strategies for coping with anxiety, especially during a pandemic

  • Unlocking Us with Brené Brown: Although I love everything Brené, she has a specific episode titled 'Brené on Anxiety, Calm + Over/Under Functioning' that is very fitting for this year

"I define calm as perspective, mindfulness, and the ability to manage emotional reactivity." -Brené Brown