Developed by HRI Program Coordinator, Camila Dos Santos, M.Ed.

During tough times, it can be even harder to cope with the emotional and physical repercussions of feeling increased stress. In this series, we will provide tips to cope with stress during tough times.

Our first tip in our Coping with Stress During Tough Times series is to spend tech-free time outdoors. There are many health benefits to spending time outdoors, including feeling happier and less stressed. 

If you decide to spend this time alone, try practicing mindfulness by taking in the sounds and sights around you.  If you’re spending time with a loved one outside, you can exercise together or enjoy an afternoon snack or picnic. 

Whether you’re alone or in the company of others, avoid bringing your devices. Not only will this help you stay mindful and present, it will also help you stay intentional about using this time to engage in activities that reduce stress and promote emotional balance and wellbeing.