The Hidden Stress of the Pandemic

Do you have to throw in the towel in New Year’s resolutions? It is an unprecedented natural reaction this year. I’m here to tell you it’s okay, and you probably don’t need it.

You are in good company when you give up big shifts. According to a large research study, only 19% of people maintain their year-round resolutions. Also, this may not have been the best time to make changes, given everything that happens with the pandemic.

It is also worth considering the following ideas about the discomfort that these days make important changes. According to research published in Molecular Psychiatry, if you go through longer challenging times (and the pandemic certainly qualifies), chronic stress can change the architecture of your brain and make you feel worn out, anxious, anxious, or depressed. These are not the best conditions to make big changes.

You can also advocate “saturation change” or, in other words, you have to make so many transitions that you can’t make anymore. To avoid being overwhelmed, focus on achievable aspirations. Here are some recommendations.


Success in the next 12 months may be closely tied to a less focused approach. Instead of looking for a new career, you may want to put your perspective on a new project in your current business. In other words, consider how you can adjust your behavior instead of recreating it.

Thanks for cultivating. Appreciate the little things. When you’re more focused on what you have, you’re less focused on what you still want You don’t have to make major changes to achieve satisfaction or happiness. Satisfaction begins with gratitude.


Answer questions through a specific process and pay attention to events that may come back to you. Research in the Bulletin of Personality and Social Psychology explains that 40% of their behaviors occur in similar situations, that is, family situations motivate repeated choices. So if you can adjust the reaction mode, you can make changes.

Create routines and structures. By default, when you want to reinforce a behavior, set it so that you don’t consciously think about it. Research published in the European Journal of Social Psychology found that repeated behaviors in a consistent context help to develop habits and be more effective. You can use it to your advantage. Instead of making a conscious decision every morning whether you want the donut or the smoothie, have the sliced fruit and blender ready on the counter so you can go to the kitchen in the morning. just do what has already been arranged. Start each day with a quick response to quick access emails. Instead of deciding what to work on first, create a repetitive behavioral routine that works without that conscious thought.


Support can be the difference between making small changes and never succeeding. Find something to help you.

Stay with friends. Create a virtual group of people trying to change. There may be a website where you can exchange good food or encourage each other to go to sports school regularly. Visit the current web and let your friend ask you if you have completed your training for the day. Find colleagues who will develop the text you want to develop. Find people to encourage you, give you feedback, and remind you of your potential for success.

Think about technology. There are several different ways to help him change his behavior. Download the application that will help you use your water consumption or the application sends you notifications and you do not have to move in the last hours. Look for apps that can help you learn the new language you want to add to your skills, or you can connect with colleagues who have this kind of desire. Behavioral changes often occur through planning, recall, and feedback. With that said, look for an app that offers all three of these types of support.