Learn self-care strategies to get you through these challenging times
As COVID-19 continues to surge, you may be feeling exhausted and discouraged. You’re not alone. These have been challenging times for all of us, taking a major toll on our mental and physical health. It’s more important than ever to revisit coping strategies and look for new ways to manage the constant uncertainty. Here are some tips that may help.
When things feel out of control, it can help to stay grounded in the present moment. Simple breathing and meditation exercises can help lower stress and improve sleep. Not sure how to start? Check out Headspace or other meditation apps to get free resources.
Eat Well and Move More
Finding the motivation to exercise and eat healthy is understandably challenging right now when you have so many other things on your mind. But giving your body daily physical activity and proper nutrition is key to feeling your best. Trying a new healthy recipe or walking daily around your neighborhood may give you that much needed boost in your day.
Stay Socially Connected
At the beginning of the pandemic, many of us were regularly reaching out to loved ones virtually. As months go by, it may be helpful to reconnect with that friend or family member you haven’t talked to for a while. Or switch it up and find new ways of connecting virtually with an online game, book club, or recipe exchange.
Explore a New Hobby
With days on end at home, it may be time to get a little creative. Explore different pastimes like art projects, cooking, reading, or journaling. Finding fulfilling activities can help shift your mindset and mood.
Stay Committed to COVID-19 Safety
Each and every one of us has a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Even with the vaccine on the horizon, it’s important to stay dedicated to basic measures like wearing a mask, social distancing, and regular handwashing. Your efforts not only keep you safe, but also protect your loved ones and the greater community.
If you or someone you know is feeling depressed or struggling to cope, directly reach out to a healthcare professional to get help or connect with a crisis counselor.
John Hopkins Medicine. How to Deal with Coronavirus Burnout and Pandemic Fatigue
UCSF. Weill Institute of Neurosciences. Emotional Well-Being and Coping During COVID-19
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