Helpful tips to manage social pressures during the pandemic

If you feel overwhelmed or pressure, take a moment, take a breath, and anchor yourself in the present

LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) – The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful on the entire country.

With no end in immediate sight, many people have been feeling and increased pressure, or desire, to do normal summer activities like going to parties or hanging out at the beach.

Here are some tips for maintaining healthy choices and connections with peers:

Set your boundaries and stick to them.

If you choose to not attend certain public events with big crowds, be comfortable saying no and follow through on your personal guidelines.

Try and defuse any conflict.

Some people may be upset if you reject their invitation, but you feel it’s not the best option for you, then don’t go, but stand by your principles.

And always try to come back to your center.

If you feel overwhelmed or pressure, take a moment, take a breath, and anchor yourself in the present.

“A take five practice, of just counting quietly up to five can help us calm the mind, calm the body, and get back into center,” says UW Health Psychologist Shilagh Mirgain.

Experts also suggest writing down your guidelines to make them easier to follow.