How to Care For Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing Share +

Posted by: coronadosafe 10 months ago

Focus on what is in your control. Things feel so uncertain right now that it is important to remember we do have control over our lives. Here are some tips: 

  • Try adding structure to your days, by setting a (flexible) schedule. Be sure to include time for yourself, as much of our personal time such as work commutes, are now not available.
  • Practice self-care! This can be as simple as taking a walk, reading a book, or listening to a podcast. Try to carve out self-care time when making your daily schedule, but remember, be kind to yourself if it does not go as planned! 
  • Eat healthfully to keep your body in top working order.
  • Exercise - Workout at home or take a solo jog around the neighborhood.
  • Practice Relaxation Therapy - Voluntarily tensing and relaxing muscle groups can help you relax voluntarily when feeling overwhelmed or anxious.
  • Let Light In - Increased exposure to light can improve symptoms of depression.  Open the shades and let more sunlight in.
  • Be Kind to Yourself! - Treat yourself with the same compassion you would a friend.
  • Stay Connected - Stay connected to loved ones with phone calls, text messages, video chats and social media.
  • Monitor Media Consumption - Balance media consumption with other activities you enjoy.
  • Lastly, now is a great time to practice setting boundaries. For example, if you have a friend that is sending worst-case-scenario news or text messages that are anxiety provoking, practice setting a boundary. Remind them you are taking a break from the news or ask if there's other topics they'd like to chat about. 

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