Even during good times, it can be challenging to take a few moments and practice self-care. During this time of global concern, the usual busyness of life is exacerbated as we try to adjust our routines, avoid unnecessary social contact, change our workflow, and otherwise try not to contribute to the spread of a very contagious virus. Right now, self-care is more important than ever. Here are a few tips to help you be more aware and cope with the added stress during this unprecedented time we are facing together:
- Break up the 24-hour news cycle by not watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media, for a period of time each day. The constant barrage of information (and misinformation) can be upsetting.
- Prioritize self-care, especially eating well, regular exercise, and ample sleep. Breathe deeply, meditate, find at-home workouts on Youtube, avoid reading about COVID-19 immediately before bed, avoid alcohol, and generally take care of yourself physically and emotionally.
- Create a daily space to unwind at home. Creating space for reflection or journaling can be a great way to identify and release stress. Doing at-home activities you enjoy can also help.
- Connect with other people. Leverage phones or video chat to talk with others you trust about your feelings and concerns.
- If you don’t feel well physically, prioritize the wellbeing of others by staying home; unless you are very ill, then seek medical care as appropriate.
Below are some additional links that may be helpful: Managing stress and anxiety Taking care of your emotional health OTP COVID-19 FAQs from SAMHSA Sincerely, Dr. Shawn Ryan, Chief Medical Officer, BrightView