Social Distancing has been helpful in reducing the spread of coronavirus disease. Yet it creates challenges for our well-being. I hope that these tips can help you lead a more “natural” life during the quarantine.
7 tips to keep your Resilience while social distancing:
1. Reach out and touch (virtually). Is there a relative or friend you haven’t connected with? It’s easy to forget about those who aren’t inside your immediate social circle. Now is the time to pick up the phone or reach out online.
2. Create a gratitude list. Despite this difficult situation, there are many things for which we can be grateful. List 3 things you’re grateful for each morning.
3. Work on a project. What tasks have you been putting off because there were too many outside distractions? Don’t overwhelm yourself, pick one at a time and work through it. This will give you a sense of accomplishment.
4. Realize you are not alone. Find support online from blogs/emails/articles/webinars especially those that promote optimism or humor. I’ve been enjoying articles from Healthline, Brain pickings, and Greater Good Magazine.
5. Limit exposure to the news. Decide how much is a sensible amount of news coverage and stop when you have reached that limit. Look for news that’s hopeful and heartwarming.
6. Develop a routine. Most of us function best with a set schedule. Daily exercise should be included. Find an online workout video. Take a shower and get dressed you’ll feel better.
7. Give yourself a rest. Pick one day a week to live like it is 1980, before technology became prevalent. Take a bath; read a book or magazine; cook a favorite recipe; take a walk in a new area.
Inside the word emergency is the root emerge. How do you want to emerge from this crisis?
I would like to hear from you about some of your own personal resilience strategies, so I can circulate them in a future blog post. I am providing telephone or video counseling sessions to reduce isolation.
Follow my 7-step plan. Feel free to customize for your particular circumstances.
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