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Help to Still Navigate Through the Coronavirus Crisis

 

Whether you’re working from home or going into the office, this pandemic is still stirring up many negative emotions for many Americans. But, most of all, the feelings of being unsettled are problematic.

One of the biggest problems is no one knows how long the pandemic will last or what long-term impact it will have on our lives.

So, what can we do?

The tips below are intended to help us adjust to our “new normal.”

 

Getting Through COVID-19

 

  1. Accept negative emotions.
    Trying to stuff your feelings will only make them stronger and longer-lasting. Instead, notice you're feeling, thinking, and doing. Describe to others that you trust what is going on and ask them only for their listening ear. This ability to vent will help you process your feelings, accept the negativity, and, ultimately, let it go.

     
  2. Create new routines.
    Here are a few concrete ideas of what to do. Instead of: 

     
    1. Going to the movies…Spend time streaming films at home
    2. Dining inside…Get takeout and set up the dining room like a restaurant
    3. Going to a concert…Learn to play a musical instrument
    4. Going to book club…Start a family book club
    5. Going to professional training classes…Get certified via online training.
    6. Doing things for your entire family…Teach your kids how to wash their hands properly, sanitize their areas, cook, do their laundry and balance a checkbook.
       
  3. Take care of yourself.
    Be sure to schedule self-care for each day. It may be walking or running outside, using an exercise app, setting up your indoor garden, or video chatting with a family member. Remember to eat well and freeze your leftovers.

    Use this time to complete guided meditations, read a book, or write to a friend when distractions are at a minimum in your household. Do it first thing in the morning or late at night.

     
  4. Don’t listen to all the online chatter.
    You may wish to limit your time listening to the news and viewing social media. However, it is essential to keep up to date on what’s happening—check the CDC and WHO websites for updates.

     
  5. Stay in the present.
    Even though it’s uncomfortable (or even cramped) in your home, enjoy your children, spouse, and other family members while you’re all together. Make the most of each day.

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