NREP Wishes You and Your Family Well

NREP Wishes You and Your Family Well
Posted on 04/06/2020
NREP PhoenixThe global coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of our families, schools, communities, and way of life. Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation. We are living in a time of uncertainty, where many of us are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stressed or frightened due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19. Stress is often unavoidable during a crisis such as this; we are challenged to keep our stress levels low and our spirit levels high.

April is Stress Awareness Month. NREP would like to offer some self-care tips to help you de-stress, should you find yourself overwhelmed.
  1. Exercise. Just 20-30 minutes of moderate activity a day combats stress. Physical exercise lowers your body’s stress hormones. It works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation and fear. It boosts energy, restores balance and improves self-esteem.

  2. Eat healthy. Eating nutritious food and drinking clean water makes a world of difference in how we feel. When we feel good in our bodies, it is so much easier to maintain a bright disposition.

  3. Establish a healthy sleep routine. Lack of sleep is dreadful and makes it difficult to deal with stressful situations, which can lead to anxiety. Read or meditate and remember to turn off all electronics 30 minutes prior to bedtime.

  4. Listen to soothing music. Slow-paced music can induce the relaxation response and lower blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones. Dim the lights, take a deep breath, and count your blessings.

  5. Laugh. Laughter is an instant mood lift. Take some time for a laugh break—watch a funny show, movie, or video. Tell a funny joke. Think of a funny childhood memory.

  6. Do something you love. Read a book, draw, paint, write a poem or a letter, sip a cup of tea, listen to your favorite music, dance…unleash your creativity.

  7. Stay positive. Move your thoughts to a state of gratitude and focus on positive thoughts. What are you grateful for? No matter what challenge you may be facing, do your best to think about it positively and then let that new positive mindset become your focal point.

  8. Meditate. Deep breathing exercises can help activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the relaxation response. Find a moment to escape, even if it’s for just a few minutes. Breathe mindfully—take a deep breath in and slowly release it (practice it three times).

  9. Connect with supportive friends and family. Send out love to someone you care about. Social support provides a sense of belonging and self-worth and lowers stress. There is nothing like a good belly laugh with a family member or friend...pick up the phone and make a call or chat online.

  10. Use social media to connect to friends and family. While we are practicing “social distancing”, you can use Instagram, Twitter, FaceBook, Snapchat, and Tik Tok to send positive messages to others. It’s a great time to show off that NREP Pride!
As we navigate through these challenging times, take care of yourself. Observe National Stress Awareness Day on April 16. Make changes that can have a lasting impact on your health and well-being. NREP sincerely hopes that you and your family are, and continue to remain, safe and healthy. You are in our thoughts. Know, too, that this will pass. We wish you well.
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