Do not give in to apocalyptic thinking or panic buying.
So, one of the self-care tips that you must practice on a daily basis is to stay calm and rational.
2. Ration media
Stay informed, but limit your exposure to media that stirs up anger, sadness, or fear.
Do not allow yourself to get sucked into conspiracy thinking.
Balance negative news with positive stories that reflect the best of humanity.
3. Challenge negativity
Write down fears, self-criticisms, and frustrations. Think of them as ‘mind weeds.’
Read them out loud in the third person using your own name (Jane/John is fearful because he/she may get sick).
Be as specific as possible and listen carefully to your words. Use affirmations and positive self-talk to change your mood (Jane/John can cope with this crisis).
These self-care tips will help boost your morale and take care of your mental health.
4. Quiet your mind
Do whatever quieting practices suit you best: meditate in the morning, sit quietly with eyes closed for 5 minutes before performing a task (especially on the computer); get still before getting out of your car; take a contemplative walk in nature; pray internally.
These are easy but effective self-care tips to help you maintain your calm during these testing times.
5. Combat anxiety
Talk to someone about your fears. Distract yourself by doing something positive and useful.
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