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Dealing With Stress One Step At A Time

The past several months have not been easy. We are dealing with a global pandemic, uncertainty, change and confusion.

When our days are full of so many unknowns, it’s common for our mind to get stuck on worst-case scenarios. 

No matter what you want to accomplish or move past, you just have to take it one step at a time. Here are 4 strategies that can help you get started.

Get Creative

Everything is figure-outable. Just because you haven’t landed on a solution yet, doesn’t mean it isn’t out there. You can call up a friend and ask for their input, do some research, or journal.

Practice Gratitude

There is always something to be grateful for. When life gets busy, we can forget how lucky we are.

Here’s some homework. Grab a pen and paper and write down five things or people you are grateful for.

Don’t stop there.

After that, go ahead and write down why you are grateful for those things/people.

Doing so can help you form a deeper appreciation for the little things.

Think About What You’ve Learned

Every stressful situation can help you see things in a new way. Every learning experience, no matter how big or small, is something to be grateful for.

Take a Time Out

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, sometimes you need to take a step back and spend some time alone.

Go somewhere quiet, sit down and close your eyes. Practice your breathing and think positive thoughts. Once you’ve taken the time to calm down, you can re-enter the situation and go from there. Learn More

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Adapting To Life After Quarantine

If you’ve been feeling anxious about what life will be like after Coronavirus you’re not the only one. Right now, more businesses are starting to re-open, and life is beginning to feel a bit more normal.

Most of us have been spending the vast majority of our time at home for many months now, and have established a “new normal.”

In fact, some people now prefer working, shopping, and connecting with loved ones virtually. 

There is still so much we don’t know about Coronavirus which can bring on stress and anxiety. 

If you’re feeling anxious about getting back out there, here’s what to do…

Go At Your Our Pace:

Just because some restaurants are open, doesn’t mean you have to go to the most popular one today. Do some research and see which restaurants have little – no foot traffic. Once you get more comfortable spending time in smaller establishments, you can slowly work your way up.

Chances are the first few outings will make you feel awkward or uncomfortable. But as time goes on, it will get better.

Focus On What You Can Control:

It may feel like you have little – no control right now, but you do! You have control over how often you wash your hands, what establishments you go to, who you associate with, and much more.

Talk To Someone You Trust:

Simply getting your worries and anxieties off your chest can make you feel so much better! When we get so worked up, it can be hard to think logically. If you’re feeling anxious right now, the best thing you can do is talk to a friend, family member, or healthcare professional. Who knows, your loved ones may be going through the exact same thing. If so, you can support one another along the way. Learn More

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Saying No Without Feeling Guilty

Do you feel like you have to say yes to everything?

Is your body and brain telling you that they need a break?

Are you ready to start putting yourself first? 

If so, you’re in the right place! Keep on reading to learn how to say no without feeling guilty. 

The next time someone comes to you with a request, instead of immediately saying yes or no, hit the pause button and take some time to think. You can thank them for the offer and let them know you will think about it and get back to them soon. If you’re not sure what to do next, here are a few questions you can ask yourself:

1) Do you have time to complete the project?

2) Is this project something you want to do?

3) Will this project help you in the present or future?

Now, don’t feel pressured to answer these questions right away. Take all the time you need and most importantly be honest with yourself.  If you’ve decided you’d like to pass on the opportunity, here are a couple of scripts you can use to let them know.

“Thank you so much for the opportunity, but I don’t think I’m the best person for this project.”

” I wish I could help, but I simply don’t have the time right now. Wishing you the best of luck.”

“Thank you for thinking of me; however, I am not comfortable doing that.”

Remember, time is the one thing we never get back. You deserve to spend your days doing what makes you happy and proud!  Learn More

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How To Feel Better When You’re Having a Hard Day

In life there will always be stressful events that are out of our hands. The good news is, you have the power to bounce back from setbacks and remember the good even when times are rough.

Here’s how…

Take Care Of Your Mind And Body

When life gets busy or stressful, we can often forget to take care of ourselves. 

Participating in physical activity and doing what you love is important all year round. But it is that much more important when you’re having a hard day.

Remember, one tough situation doesn’t have to set the tone for the entire day. Every day has the potential to be a great one. You just have to let it.

Have a Healthy Relationship With Social Media

Social media is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends while physical distancing.

However, passively scrolling through your feed can do more harm than good. There are many apps out there that can help you monitor your daily screen time. You can also designate phone-free time throughout the day and avoid using your phone during meals and before bed.

Meet Face to Face Six Feet Apart

Of course, social media, texting, and email are great tools

However, it’s much easier to have deep and meaningful conversations in person. With a little creativity there are plenty of ways you can have face to face conversations with your friends and family. Just be sure to stand at least 6 feet apart. Learn More

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Talking To Children About Racism

Most children will start noticing physical differences in others and start asking questions around the age of three. 

At that point, you can sit down with your child and start the conversation. 

Empathy:

It’s never too early to teach your child about empathy and fairness.

Encourage them to think about and try to understand what someone else might be thinking or feeling. It may take some time for them to fully grasp what empathy means, but practice makes perfect.

Practicing empathy can also help your child establish friendships and work well with others.

Educate:

There are so many excellent educational children’s books, movies, and shows out there. You can read books or watch programs with them. That way, you can easily answer any questions they may have and encourage conversation. 

Be There And Listen:

Children get curious and love to ask questions. However, as kids get older, it’s common for them to go to their friends before you. 

Establishing healthy and open communication at an early age will help them both now and later in life. Remind them that you are always there and there is no such thing as a stupid question. 

Of course, parents don’t know everything. So, if your child ever comes to you with a question you don’t know the answer to, don’t push it aside. Instead the two of you can figure it out together. 

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”  —Barack Obama

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Connecting During Coronavirus

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