People are all reacting differently to Covid-19 and the additional demands being put upon us. My clients’ reactions range from anger that dog runs are closed to gratitude to be able to channel one’s inner introvert while in quarantine alone, to the headache of filling out unemployment forms online. Regardless, our lives are different and the future is unclear.
1) Keep a routine! Working or not, do it. I especially recommend something planned for the morning so you have a reason to get up in the morning and get going. If you deviate from it- fine, but set the structure in advance.
2) Get outside (while keeping safe by social distancing). It’s spring! Get some fresh air, look up at the clouds and and the beginning to grow on the trees. Try to get into nature if possible. The vitamin D will do you well for the body and mind.
3) Move your body. Include this in your daily routine. Know your rhythm- if you are a morning person, exercise in the morning. If not, schedule a time for it later in the day. You can stream a workout, run outside, invest in a stationary bike (I got one for $150 off of Amazon), join a live online yoga class -- they are a great way to get moving and connected with your body.
4) Eat well and sleep well. Keep it simple. If possible, eat fresh produce and if you can’t get it fresh, frozen is 2nd best. Try to keep a consistent sleep schedule. And don’t feel bad if you deviate, there is always tomorrow.
5) Socialize. Do a video call with a friend – or a group of them! Call the friends who make you laugh and allow you to feel yourself. It won’t be too long before you can give that friend a big hug.
And hey, if you find that your worry, anxiety, or feelings of hopelessness are overwhelming, it could be time to reach out for help through a therapist. You are not alone! We all need support through this and if you are feeling overwhelmed- which can show up as feeling stuck, over stimulated, sad, hopeless, or overly anxious, reach out for therapy! I can help.