Taking care of your physical, mental and emotional health can be more difficult than ever when dealing with change.
Our regular daily routine has been disrupted with …..
· You can't go to work.
· You can't get a break from the kids.
· You can't do many of your favourite outdoor activities.
· You can't get to the gym or yoga class.
· You can't get coffee with your friends
· You can't go out to dinner with your family.
· You can't go to the grocery store without wearing a face covering.
COVID-19 has bluntly forced us to realize that we simply can't change what's happening
in the outside world. Everywhere you turn, you are told you are grieving. What does
that even mean?
The good news is, we can all take responsibility for our actions and reactions. While that can be an unpopular idea, it is true.
If you've been on social media in the past few weeks, you've probably seen articles, lists and infographics about how important it is to eat healthy, exercise, get enough sleep, and stick to a structured daily routine. These things are essential; but it is also important to take care of your emotional well-being!
So how do you do that?
Don't be strong. Be honest. Tell the truth about yourself all the time. It's essential to get your sad feelings out even though our culture often only talks about positive and happy feelings. When you tell the truth about your emotional pain and share first, it makes it safe for others to speak their truth. Plus, if you don't take care of yourself first, then you won't be emotionally available for others.
Trust your intuition. As children, we did this very well. However, over time we learned to rely on intellect rather than our gut instinct. That doesn't mean our intuitions are wrong; it just means we don't always listen to them anymore. If you have thought of calling or sending a card to someone, trust your intuition and do it. They might need a friendly ear; they might end up sharing something that helps you.
Take time to connect with others. Social and physical distancing can feel an awful lot like isolation. Some great ways to connect with others are:
Hop on a video chat.
Call someone on the phone.
Asking people you live with to take a break from TV, video games or reading to play a board game or do a puzzle together.
Engage on social media. If you see that someone posted about the difficult time they are having, you might simply comment that it breaks your heart to hear that they're feeling this way. Even a sad face emoji is a far more positive response to their pain than ignoring it. That opens the door to have another person you can connect with.
Don't compare your insides to other people's outsides. It's easy to go on social media and think everyone else has it together, but remember, our society has taught us that it's not okay, to be honest about painful or negative feelings. That means you do not always see the whole story. Just because you saw one person finish writing a novel or building a new fence doesn't mean that you can expect to do the same, nor does it mean that they aren't struggling as well. We are each having a unique experience.
Stop searching for reasons to justify being upset. It's pretty human to want to blame others, but at some point we have to take a look at what we can do to stay sane, safe and take responsibility for our frustrations and feelings.
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