The COVID-19 pandemic can feel overwhelming due to new information, long hours working from home, and caring/worrying for your family and yourself. It’s important to pause for a moment and collect your thoughts, as worldwide pandemics are taxing emotionally, physically, and financially. Remaining calm can make a world of difference, and to do that we need to take care of ourselves. So let’s talk about some self care tips for the COVID pandemic.
It’s normal to feel stressed or overwhelmed during uncertain times. Emotions in response to uncertainty may include anxiety, fear, anger, and sadness. You also could feel helpless, discouraged, and occasionally, out of control. Physical responses may include headache, muscle tension, fatigue, and sleeplessness.
Taking care of yourself is important so you are equipped to help your family through this time.
Here are a few self care tips for the COVID pandemic:
- Fuel your body by eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of water. Hydration is incredibly important.
- Aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
- Exercise every day.
- Take deep breaths and stretch often.
- Avoid risky or destructive behaviors, such as abusing alcohol or drugs, excessive gambling, or ignoring public health recommendations.
- Spend time outside, such as going for a walk in the park, but follow social distancing guidelines.
- Set and maintain a routine at home.
- Focus on things you can control.
- Use technology to maintain social connections with your loved ones. Consider a regular check-in schedule to give you something to look forward to.
- Focus your thoughts on the present and things to be grateful for today.
- Listen to music or read books.
- Consume reliable news sources that report facts, and avoid media that sensationalizes. limit your exposure or take a break from the news and social media if you find that it makes you anxious.
- Lean on your personal beliefs and faith for support.
- Look for ways to help your community, such as blood donations, checking on older people in your neighborhood, or donating supplies or money to local organizations.
- Acknowledge and appreciate what others are doing to help you and your community.
Symptoms to watch for:
If any of these things become persistent or interfere with daily functioning and are outside the norm for the COVID pandemic, contact your health provider for help and guidance:
- Trouble focusing on daily activities
- Anxiety that turns into feelings of being out of control
- Strong feelings that interfere with daily activities
- Having emotions that become difficult to manage
- Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
Learn more about self care:
- Get strategies to help kids cope with COVID.
- Discover how to maintain human connection during social distancing.
- Financial resources for assistance during the pandemic.
- Financial services and insurance help or questions.
Source material from Mayo Clinic Health System