How to Handle Stress During Challenging Times

Professional Speaker-Personal Development-Positive Attitude

Our world has certainly changed in the last seven days. I have never seen anything like this. It’s scary and overwhelming and confusing. Suddenly, and I do mean suddenly, our kids are home from school, our offices have closed their doors and we have watched our entire city shut down. And for many, you don’t even know when you will get your next paycheck.

How do we deal with it all? How do we survive all the stress?

My goal, in my speeches and in my life, is to help people gain a positive attitude – to see the silver lining. It’s really hard to do this when we are surrounded by such depressing news 24 hours a day. So, let me give you a few tips on how to get through the day with some sort of sanity and to experience some stress-free moments:

First, pick one time throughout the day to watch/listen to the news, then TURN IT OFF. The constant reporting of disease and death is enough to drive anyone crazy. Yes, we want to stay on top of what’s happening around the world, and in our own back yard, but once a day is enough. This will be difficult, so force yourself to shut off that TV, unplug that computer and find an inspirational book to read or music to listen to.

That takes me to number two – find your favorite music, whatever it may be. Make a playlist, then listen to it whenever you are feeling down. One of my favorites is: This is My Fight Song. Every day I sing these words at the top of my lungs: “This is my fight song, take back my life song.” Yes, I will take back my life and return to some sort of normalcy – soon.

Third, visualize a healthy you. Take all your five senses and See yourself as a healthy person; Hear your strong voice; Smell the flowers; Taste the food at your favorite restaurant; Feel vibrant and healthy. What you focus on, grows. So focus on a healthy you.

It’s up to you to take control of your life during these crazy times. My advice is to take small steps leading to a healthier, stress-free you. Let’s all come together to take care of ourselves and help each other. In the process you will find a courage inside yourself that you didn’t even know existed.


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6 thoughts on “How to Handle Stress During Challenging Times”

  1. Patricia Wadas says:

    Great message Nancy-Let’s all take this time to take care of ourselves and to believe that things will eventually get better! We are all in this together.

    1. Nancy A Depcik says:

      Absolutely, we are definitely in this together, all helping each other in any way we can. Things will definitely get better.

  2. Pamilyn J Hatfield says:

    Nancy, I am so glad you are doing this. I could use some inspiration right now. I saw you walking by the other day and was wondering how you are dealing with this.

    1. Nancy says:

      Hi Pam, you are always so kind with your comments. These days are so hard for everyone. On my social media (LinkedIn and Facebook) I’m sharing any tips I have to bring some hope and laughter into people’s lives. Being an extravert with a capital E, this isolation has been challenging. Let’s get together for a walk once all this is over.

      1. Pamilyn J Hatfield says:

        I would like that. I’m not sure you know where I live but right across from Carol and Dick. The yard with all the ornamental grasses.

        1. Nancy says:

          I know the house. Once this craziness has passed, let’s definitely get together for a walk. I’d love to learn more about you.

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