It is easy to get lost in the noise of television, social media, and everything going on around us. You are not alone in this. No matter what situation you find yourself in, remember that taking care of yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally plays a big part in your overall health.
Ongoing stress makes us more susceptible to mental health problems and chronic diseases, and it can make pre-existing issues even worse. Even short periods of quarantine can be linked with PTSD, depression, confusion, and anger. It is common and totally normal to feel afraid and stressed during a pandemic. But taking time to focus on yourself can help ease those feelings. Managing your stress, fear, and anxiety, are of utmost importance.
Here are some things you can do to take care of yourself during this time:
Move! Walking, either indoors or out, can boost your immune system. If walking is difficult, even moving your arms and tapping your toes will help! If your doctor approves, there are many low impact exercises that you can find on the internet for free.
Have fun! Make time for projects that make you happy: reading, writing, knitting, crafts, cooking, listening to or playing music. Having a creative outlet can build wellbeing and help us manage our emotions.
Meditate. Meditation or mindfulness are just fancy words for breathing. Just five minutes each day of focused deep breathing can slow your heart rate, clear your mind, and buffer stress. You can also take a bath or read a book to help relax.
Eat well. Eating healthy meals and savoring each bite is an important part of self-care. Making space on your plate for colorful fruit and vegetables means you are making space for vitamins and nutrients! A nutritious diet reduces the risk of chronic diseases and helps our bodies and brains function at their best level.
Practice gratefulness. Start each day making a list of everything you are grateful for. Connect with an old friend by phone or email, or better yet, write them a letter. Finding a connection with family, friends, neighbors, and even pets can help all of us feel less isolated in quarantine and in normal, daily life. Facetime, Skype, phone, or text can give you the connection you are craving without risking community spread.
If you do go out, always remember your mask and wash your hands often!
Remember you are not alone! Call CareWell Services, we are here to help! 269-441-0930.