It's normal to feel overwhelming stress and anxiety amidst a pandemic. Financial fears mixed with the discomfort of being isolated at home can be crippling, which is why it is important that you take time to manage your stress during this crisis. Do not allow anxiety to take over your life. There are steps you can take to mitigate your daily stress.

Meditation can be a critical tool in managing your stress levels. You don't need to be experienced with meditation in order to reap the benefits. Even a beginner can limit their anxiety immediately by using simple guided meditation. Look up guided meditation online or download an app to your phone. An easy ten minute guided meditation will put you at ease. And thankfully, you can utilize meditation as often as you need throughout the day. You can meditate frequently in order to successfully manage your stress. 

Although during a pandemic you may not be able to go see your therapist in person, you can engage in therapy through the phone or video conference. Email your therapist to find out how you can stay in touch during this stressful time. Most therapy offices have already started setting up virtual appointments with their patients. Being isolated at home alone does not mean you cannot get the therapy you need. 

Social distancing doesn't have to mean no socializing. It is vital that you use your time in isolation to reach out to the people you love most. Make phone calls, send text messages, create a group chat with your friends. You will need a support system to manage your stress. Don't be afraid to reach out to your group of friends and vent about what is going on in your life. It's very likely your friends and family are just as stressed out as you. Lean on each other as you and your loved ones navigate this difficult time. 

Exercise is key in keeping your stress controlled. If you are sitting at home all day without a physical outlet for your anxiety, your mental health will deteriorate. You may not be able to go to the gym but that doesn't mean you cannot work out. There are many guided exercise videos online. Find an exercise routine that fits your skill level and make it a goal to work out every day. Exercising releases endorphins which keep you happy. Not only will it be easier to control your stress when you're exercising regularly, you will also boost your immune system. It is more important than ever to maintain your physical health.  

You cannot cure your stress, but it is possible to manage it. Make sure that you are taking the necessary steps to lower your stress levels. It is extremely important to manage your stress during the outbreak of a contagious virus as stress can lower your immune response.