How to Overcome Stress By Luke McLeod

With so many of us thrown out of our daily routines, working from home, home schooling our kids and having some uncertainty with our businesses and careers, now is an
important time to have a game plan when it comes to feeling stressed or anxious. While we can’t always control the things that are happening around us, we can control the little things that can keep us feeling calm.


Being a meditation teacher of cause I’m going to suggest this. I’m confident we all know how meditation is good for us and how it can help with stress and anxeity. Therefore a more appropriate question is ‘how do I get started with meditation?’ At Soul Alive we put a lot of focus on guiding people through the usual challenges and
hurdles people face when starting out with meditation. A big one is shifting how you approach it. Rather than treating it as something that you want to fix eg. decrease
anxiety/stress etc.

See it as something that you want to do. Are excited to do. Like eating your favourite meal. This simply shift in how you see it will not only helpl you stick with it, it will also
allow meditation to do its magic and actually deliver on reducing your anxiety because you’ve dropped the expectation from it.

Still try and stick to your daily schedule

The impact of COVID-19 may have put our lives in disarray, particularly if you’re now confined to the walls inside your house or your financial situation has changed. It is
natural for us to go into a state of shock and confusion, not knowing what to do next.

It’s important though for your mental health to try and keep up your daily routine, you just may now have to improvise. For example, if you went to the gym every afternoon from 6 to 7pm. Keep that time for working out at home and search for a free ‘At home’ workout on YouTube. This keeps some consistency to your day and will keep the anxiety at bay.


Writing down how you’re feeling can be quite therapeutic. It gives you the opportunity to get things off your chest. Plus, you can really go for it with the written word. Don’t hold back. On the other end of the spectrum, I would also get into the habit of writing down
what you are grateful for.

Gratitude is the antidote for anxiety, as one of the main causes of anxiety is worrying about what might happen in the future. Gratitude redirects the mind from this
fictional state into the thankfulness state of what actually is in the present moment.

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