Practice Self-Care During Stressful Times
If you have been feeling anxious, overwhelmed, sad or moody these past few weeks, you are definitely not alone. The emotional toll of the Coronavirus pandemic and its impact on our social connections, finances, and everyday life has all of us feeling out-of-sorts. However, it is important that we take care of our emotional health during this time. Taking care of yourself will help you think more clearly, stay calmer, and better care for your family. Here are some ways that you can practice self-care.
Take care of your body – Try to eat healthy well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
Connect with others – Use social media platforms such as FaceTime, Skype and Zoom to connect with family friends. Just because you are staying at home and practicing social distancing does not mean you should isolate yourself from your support system.
Take breaks – Make time to unwind. Try to do activities you usually enjoy, like gardening or reading; or take up a new hobby or interest.
Limit your news consumption - Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do enjoyable activities and return to normal life as much as possible and check for updates between breaks.
Seek help when needed – If distress impacts activities of your daily life for several days or weeks seek help. Talk to a clergy member, counselor, or doctor.