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Feeling anxious? Isolated? Overwhelmed? You aren’t alone. This is going to be a trying time for everyone and keeping that in mind will make it easier. Someone behaved in an uncharacteristic way? Yes, well these are stressful times.
- You may be working from home… your kids are also home full time.
- Maybe you can’t work from home but you have to stay home because your kids aren’t in school.
- You have to go someplace to work and you know that co-worker isn’t washing their hands for 20 seconds or is coughing.
If someone isn’t as patient as usual maybe we give them a pass. We don’t know what anyone else is going through normally, and now we are living in extraordinary circumstances.
Below are some resources and some ideas of how to relieve some of the stress you may be feeling.
During this time, it is important that we continue to take care of ourselves – both mentally and physically.
- Stay connected with friends & family via FaceTime, Skype or other similar platforms
- Many communities of faith are providing religious services online via Zoom or other platforms.
- Stay informed, but don’t obsess about it. Limit your news time to a few minutes once or twice a day.
- Take advantage of the many free educational and cultural options online.
- Physical activity is a great stress reducer.
- Walk outdoors but please, only do so in spaces where it is possible to maintain six feet between you and others!
- There is a lot of free exercise content online for classes or in-home workouts.
- Consider building a meditation practice – Spotify and other music services have meditation playlists, and again, lots of free online resources. Meditation reduces stress and boosts your immune system.
- Create structure in your day – follow routines similar to what you followed before this started.
- Use this opportunity to learn something new, lots of instructional youtube videos, language courses, TED talks.
- Write letters, if you don’t have stamps you can order them from the post office at www.usps.com
- Read a book or graphic novel
- Draw, paint, color, do that art project in the back of your closet
- Listen to music- throw yourself a dance party.