Managing Stress

Do you have a hobby like reading, knitting or cooking?

Your mental health and emotional wellbeing is a fundamental part of your overall health. While this is always true, it’s especially important to care for yourself during periods of high stress and anxiety. It is normal to feel unease when routines are disrupted. The world is currently dealing with many unknowns and a lot of confusion, and we want you to know that as your primary care provider, Oak Street Health is here for you, always.

One of the best ways older adults can keep themselves healthy and safe right now is by staying home, so we want to help you stay calm and connected, even if you aren’t with others.

  • Do you have a hobby like reading, knitting or cooking? Use this opportunity to get lost in a long book, create something you really love or try a new recipe.
  • Stay informed, but give yourself breaks from the news. It’s important to stay up to date on the coronavirus in order to keep yourself safe and healthy, but spending too much time watching or reading the news can get you down. Try visiting Good News Network for uplifting stories.
  • Focus on healthy habits that impact your body and mind. Eat well-balanced meals with lots of fruits and vegetables (frozen options are great!), take a walk, get a good night’s sleep.
  • Center yourself with deep breaths, stretches or guided meditation. The Headspace app is offering free support right now, and you can search short meditations on YouTube.
  • Call someone you love. While you may not be physically near your loved ones, that doesn’t mean you have to feel disconnected. Pick up the phone and call a family member or friend to talk to, share some laughs and try to focus on things that make you happy.

Stayed tuned as we continue to share more ways to care for your mind, body and spirit.