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Managing COVID-19 Stress and Anxiety

How to handle stress and anxiety from covid-19

If you’re feeling stressed and anxious during these uncertain times, you’re not alone. According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly 60% of Americans reported daily stress and worry due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Experiencing stress or anxiety over the health and economic fears brought on by COVID-19 is very normal, especially for vacation rental owners whose businesses have been highly affected. Not taking steps to cope with these feelings can put you at risk for long-term health effects.

Try these tips to keep your COVID-19 stress and anxiety under control:

Stay informed, but don’t obsess

It can be easy to become overwhelmed by watching the news and reviewing the updates of the COVID-19 situation. While it’s important to be informed of the situation, you should not obsess over the news. For example, instead of monitoring the news all day from home, consider checking for updates once in the morning and once at night. Take a moment and remember that the travel and hospitality industries are some of the most resilient businesses out there, and they have been predicted to bounce back quickly due to people feeling so confined in their homes with the stay at home orders. 

Focus on what you can control

Focusing on the things you can’t control, like the course of the pandemic and actions of others, will only fuel anxiety and stress. Instead, focus on things that you have control over, including staying home when possible, washing your hands, wearing a mask, and practicing social distancing. Take this time to work on projects around your vacation rental and deep cleaning your property. Now is also a great time to review your vacation rental plans and make sure you are geared with the correct insurance for your business. Begin a free quote today or speak with one of our CBIZ Vacation Rental Insurance experts. 

Connect with friends and family

Sometimes, the best way to cope with your stress is to talk to a loved one. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recommends reaching out to loved ones with technology to reduce feelings of loneliness and anxiety. Leverage technology to safely talk with friends or family during these times. Try hopping on Zoom or Skype for a virtual dinner date with friends or family. Netflix even has an option to watch a movie or a TV show with others. 

Use healthy coping mechanisms

There are a variety of healthy ways to mitigate your stress and anxiety, which include getting exercise, sticking to a routine, spending time outside, practicing gratitude, and meditating. Walking around your property and looking for repairs or browsing through listing sites to see how others have their property listed can also be therapeutic during times like these. Even getting out of your primary residence and staying at your vacation rental property for a few days can help take your mind off what is going on and allow you to decompress. As an easy reference, download our meditation guide.

Talk to a professional

If your stress or anxiety is overwhelming, don’t hesitate to contact a licensed mental health professional.


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted daily life and caused stress and anxiety for many, especially those in the hospitality industry. If left unchecked, these feelings can have negative effects on your mental well-being. Take steps today to keep your stress and anxiety under control. For added comfort, make sure your vacation rental property has the correct insurance coverage. Speak with a CBIZ Vacation Rental Insurance expert or begin a free quote today.

 

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CBIZ Vacation Rental Insurance, a division of CBIZ Insurance Services,Inc., is the largest insurer of short-term vacation rental properties in the United States. As part of an $850 million New York Stock Exchange traded company (CBZ), we are the first broker to develop specific policy coverage to meet the needs for vacation rental properties and the amenities offered by these businesses. We have insured vacation rental properties since 2002.

The CBIZ Vacation Rental Insurance team knows insurance, specifically the risks and exposures related to short-term vacation rentals.We won't confuse you with technical "insurance speak" ~ our representatives are well versed in explaining your coverage in plain English. With hands-on, personal customer service, we guarantee swift communication and a 24/7 claims team that is ready to respond to your call any time of the day. As specialist in the industry, we leverage our knowledge and passion to ensure you and your business are adequately protected.