At this point, it’s an understatement to say that the COVID-19 pandemic and a particularly contentious election has taken a toll on our mental well-being. In fact, the coronavirus alone has tripled rates of depression in adults in the U.S., according to a study published in September, with women affected at higher rates than men.
The “solutions” for dealing with stress typically involve some form of self-care, ranging from a three-minute mindfulness break, to a relaxing bath, to a vacation or wellness retreat where you’re able to disconnect and reset.
Getting away from it all sounds great, but most people don’t have the time or money to make that a reality. And as much as people love advising others to fully “unplug” as a way to deal with stress, the ability to do so—as in, not answering phone calls or emails—is a privilege, and not necessarily an option for everyone.