How To Stay Mentally Fit During Stressful Times

Hello Everyone,

We are all in this together with the COVID-19. I personally wish I could close my eyes and the bad dream would be over! Regrettably we may be in this together for a quite a while.  I will share some reflections, insights and thoughts on how we can manage in these difficult times. We are especially concerned about all aspects of health and wellness that isn’t limited to Physical & Occupational Therapy. Me and the team will be covering topics and tips that cover all aspects  of health and well being such as:

•Stress and Mental Health/Wellness
•Emotional well being
•Physical health and fitness
•Spiritual Connection

For today I have three reflections to consider managing during these stressful times.

1.Find Gratitude
In these times it can be good to check in with acknowledging the positive things in life. Identify and write out or speak aloud one or more things you are grateful for. If things seem dark for you it can be as simple as being grateful for your safe home/apartment, some food in kitchen, health of friends and family. Recalling these blessings to be grateful provide positive emotions, and thus chemical reactions, in our bodies that fight against the stress associated with outside circumstances we have no control over. Practice this daily ,and more often to relief stress.

2.Unplug
So we need enough news information to be informed. Staying glued to the news for hours on end or checking the news on TV, internet, aps, and radio on a persistent basis isn’t likely contributing more than checking once or twice a day for update. Your psychological well being is going to be affected with constant bathing in “news” and lead to despair. Learn to become a minimalist to news and you can avoid a lot of anxiety and stress.

3.Connect.
Make some deeper connections with those in your home and family. Limiting travel outside can help you set time to be present in the moment for those that mean the most to you. Take advantage of the opportunity. If you are alone reach out with a phone call, text, letter, email, or note to a neighbor to let them know you are thinking of them. This will help to improve our sense of community as an antidote to stress and fear. This may be a perfect opportunity to connect with some meaningful classic literature, spiritual/religious books you have been putting off….or simply enjoying the sight, sounds and presence of nature in your yard. In short connect to positive to combat persistent negative news and events to lessen the stress load on your body.

So there you have it, some ideas to begin doing something amidst a situation you have little control over. Be sure to share this with someone you know who may need a bit of inspiration.

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Until next time…

Be well,

Dr. Eric

About the Author

Eric Koehler

Eric Koehler - PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Certified Dry Needling


Dr. Eric Koehler has been working as a Physical Therapist for over 25 years in the Oshkosh, Wisconsin and Fox Valley area. He has a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and has completed his Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 2017. This level of clinic training is only attained by 1% of all Physical Therapists. Eric's mission is to provide non-surgical, non-drug approaches to help individuals overcome pain and weakness to help them get back to enjoying their life.