As we face the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, it’s important we stay calm, positive and connected. We support our people and our community, and we will get through this together! With the overwhelming news and rapidly changing reality, it can be challenging to tune out from the media and tune in to ourselves. Now more than ever, taking care of each other and of ourselves is crucial. For those who need it, here are some tips on how to tend to your mental health and well-being.
- MANAGING ANXIETY
Anxiety is a normal reaction in times like these. Some anxiety can push us to be more productive, but when it becomes too much, or when we start worrying about the “what ifs”, we can spiral out of control and get overwhelmed. If you’re feeling anxious, take a break and a deep breath. Recognize if you are worrying about the future and return to the present moment. A quick body scan is a great way to step out of our racing minds and into our physical senses. Staying active also helps combat anxiety. Go for a run or walk outside if possible, or do some self-directed yoga and stretching. Be creative! There are also great, free apps like Insight Timer, Calm, or Headspace for free guided meditations!
Sometimes all it takes is a few seconds to center ourselves. Weaving mindful moments into our day during regular tasks can go a long way. We are all taking extra precautions to stay safe and healthy, so why not take these opportunities to pause and center ourselves?
Clean your hands frequently with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and running water for 20 seconds.
- Make it mindful: Take a moment to tune in to your senses: how does the water feel? Is it warm, cold? How does the soap smell? How do your hands feel?
Refrain from touching your face, eyes, mouth, and nose.
- Make it mindful: Try noticing when you are reaching for your face throughout the day. When you do, let your hands rest on your lap and take a deep breath instead. If you are sharing your space with someone, ask them to gently remind you whenever they see you touch your face.
Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms and avoid physical contact during greetings like shaking hands or hugging.
- Make it mindful: “A smile is the shortest distance between 2 people.” Victor Borge. Find new ways to connect with people, for example by looking at them in the eyes or smiling at them from a distance.
- SUPPORT EACH OTHER
We may not be physically present in our communities right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t support each other from afar. If you, or someone you know, is feeling overwhelmed, the best thing to do is to reach out to a friend! Stay connected with your friends, family and colleagues. We are all feeling the same things right now, and practicing kindness and compassion will help us overcome these challenging times. Remember to stay positive and be there for each other!
Stay safe & take care.