Take time to pause: 7 self-care tips

In this current world we live in, we are all trying to adjust the best that we can to our new sense of normal. However, social distancing, suddenly becoming the teacher in your household, and the worry and unease for the future – can all make it a little overwhelming at times. 

Know that you are not alone. 

It's important during these times to take a step back, take a few deep breaths, and carve out some time to care for yourself and your mental well-being. Here are a few tips on how you can stay resilient: 

Stay connected to family and friends

Even though we can't physically go to their houses, keep in touch via phone, text, Zoom, FaceTime, etc. It's important to not let physical isolation turn into emotional isolation. 

Challenge your thinking

It's normal to worry but our thinking still has to remain rational. We can't change the fact that this event is happening but we can change how we interpret and respond to it. Ask yourself grounding questions like, "Are you okay?" "Is my family okay?" "Is there anything I can do to make this situation different?"

Take a media break

This is key. It's good to be informed, but there isn't a need to be glued to your TV, or phone. Take some time away from your electronics and give yourself a break. You'll thank yourself. 

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Think positive thoughts

Reflect on your strengths, gifts, and blessings during this time. Ask yourself, is there an unforeseen upside to this situation for you?

Take care of yourself

While keeping up with good hygiene, and getting enough sleep and exercise are keys to keeping yourself physically healthy, it's important not to neglect your mental health. Take part in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Taking care of yourself helps keep you primed to deal with situations that require resilience.