Feeling anxious, lonely, confused, helpless, hopeless, tired, overwhelmed?
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In the meantime, see below for examples of what has helped others get through...
- Patience: Have patience with yourself and allow room for relaxation and doing nothing at times. I love the saying "a problem isn't a problem unless it is causing a problem"...
- Routine: Set a routine daily of consistent times to wake up, go to bed, eat, date nights etc. Create a bucket list of things you are able to do during the pandemic to help feel some control and have things to look forward to. Incorporate your old routine and activities in safe and realistic ways to help feel like yourself again in small ways.
- Eat: Fuel your body with healthy foods that keep you alert and feeling good.
- Sun: Take walks or sit in the sun for Vitamin D and to boost mood.
- Socialize: Schedule time to interact with others. Update them on your small accomplishments, food you cook etc.
- Exercise: Any type of movement to get your heart pumping will help with fatigue and mood. Taking small walks, doing laundry or Yoga, cleaning, running etc.
- Meditate: Even just for 5 minutes a day, clear your mind of social media, news, stress, sadness and more with deep breathing. Using Mindfulness apps like HeadSpace or Calm, or watching/listening to guided videos practice Grounding, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Imagery, Body Scans etc.
- Sleep: Try to get enough sleep for your body and if you are having trouble contact your doctor for help. It is common currently to be having nightmares and trouble sleeping during this stressful time. Clearing any brain stimulation before bed can be helpful right before and right after sleeping. Your bed can symbolize relaxation.
- Positivity: Be a friend to yourself. Recognize what is going well and what you do have control over in daily life. Notice beauty and what you are grateful for. Try to catch yourself going down the negative spiral and think/do what is helpful not hurtful.