I know that this time can cause a lot of stress for everyone, including students, parents, as well as staff. Please do not forget to take care of yourself and know that I am available for support to anyone who needs it. See my homepage for my contact information. Below are some tips tips from the CDC and SAMHSA for maintaining self-care during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Take care of your body: Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
Connect with others: Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships and build a strong support system.
Take breaks: Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try taking in deep breaths. Try to do activities you usually enjoy.
Stay informed: When you feel that you are missing information, you may become more stressed or nervous. Watch, listen to, or read the news for updates from officials. Be aware that there may be rumors during a crisis, especially on social media. Always check your sources and turn to reliable sources of information like your local government authorities.
Avoid too much exposure to news: Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do enjoyable activities and return to normal life as much as possible and check for updates between breaks.
Seek help when needed: If distress impacts activities of your daily life for several days or weeks, talk to a professional, counselor, or doctor, or contact the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-985-5990.
This link includes more information on taking care of yourself during this outbreak. SAMHSA: Taking Care of Your Health
Here are some free self-care activities from the National Association of Social Workers Board website:
I will continue to add more tips and activities as I come across them. Remember, self-care is essential now and always.