Kathleen M. Pike, PhD

Stress and Coping

It is cold and windy in New York. We even saw a few snow flurries today. COVID-19 cases are surging in the world. Right now, a new case is being reported every second. In the past twenty-four hours, I have received 56 emails and 31 texts about the election. We stopped counting all the calls to our house phone that we never pick up.

The world feels a bit off kilter. I am weary. With every new Zoom call, I understand from friends, colleagues and loved ones that I am not alone. What can we do to protect our mental health when stress threatens to drain our coping and resilience capacities and throw us off balance? Because we are all a bit fatigued, I am going to keep it brief. You can click on each highlighted link to read more from a past Five on Friday.

1. Practice Kindness.

2. Play More.

3. Laugh Out Loud.

4. Take A Walk in the Park.

5. Cultivate Hope.

These are just five ideas to get you thinking. The list is long and varied when it comes to effective strategies for managing stress. The key is to know what works for you and make self-care a priority. If you have a little positive energy leftover, share it with someone else. And if you don’t, that’s okay, too. 

Picture of Kathleen M. Pike, PhD

Kathleen M. Pike, PhD

Kathleen M. Pike, PhD is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Global Mental Health WHO Collaborating Centre at Columbia University.

Recent Posts
  • Time to Take a Break!
  • All Too Well
  • Women’s World Cup and Mental Health
  • Summer Reading 2023
  • The Dining Room Table
  • July 4th for Mental Health
  • June is PRIDE Month
This website is using Google Analytics. Please click here if you want to opt-out. Click here to opt-out.

Subscribe to receive Five on Friday in your email inbox.