1-Acknowledge how you feel and take control of your thoughts – it’s important to remember that it’s okay to feel anxious and stressed when it comes to uncertainty. While we can’t control what life brings us, we CAN control our thoughts and how we handle the challenges that come our way.

2-Choose a word that describes how you want to feel – remind yourself of this word when you feel anxiety or stress starting to take over. Maybe you want to feel confident, optimistic, calm, happy, joyful, or peaceful. Write the word somewhere you will see it.

3-Create a routine – we all crave routine and the order it brings to our lives. Now is a great time to reflect on and adjust your daily habits. Be sure to include some self-care so you can focus on feeling your best.

4- Do the things you need to do to feel the way you want to feel – this mantra has gotten me through some challenging and stressful seasons and can help to combat feelings of stress and anxiety, especially when it comes to circumstances beyond our control. To learn more about how to do this in your daily life, listen to this podcast episode.

5-Make time to move – not only does exercise release endorphins, which improves our outlook and reduces stress hormones, but working out actually helps to boost our immune system too. We all hold stress somewhere in our bodies, so it’s important to find ways to move that help us to release that stress, lift our mood, and build strength at the same time. Remember, it doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming. A short, at-home Pilates workout provides an opportunity to breathe, connect to your body, build strength, and give your mind a break from all that’s going on.

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