Crisis Self-Care 101—The Personal Side
Despite all that is happening in the world, I recently ventured out to have dinner with an old friend. She was supposed to treat me to my favorite restaurant (a very belated birthday gift), but of course all food is carry-out only right now. So, she picked up our food and we ate and had chocolate cake and talked late into the night. She told me how one of her favorite NPR hosts has been broadcasting from a closet in her home because of the current pandemic. And then we listed all of the unusual things going on in the world—many of them both good and creative –as a result of this virus. At the end of the night I went home feeling hopeful and remembering what truly matters, which for me is being there for others, loving them well and people taking care of each other.
We will call my dinner friend—Cassie. I sure hope you have a Cassie in your life. If you do, call her, or meet with her or send her flowers if you don’t feel comfortable leaving your home. Reach out to “your people” however you can so that you can both give and receive support. And, as far as support goes, don’t quit going to therapy. Meet with your therapist (either by phone or through Telehealth) so that you can continue to have that support during this difficult time in our world. I may be biased, but I believe relationships are the most important thing in life and the glue that holds us together at times like this.
In addition to using your support system and reaching out to others, here is a short list of things you can do to take care of yourself right now:
1) Keep your regular routine if possible. If you cannot maintain your regular routine, try to establish a new one.
2) Stay healthy. Meaning, exercise, get plenty of rest, limit alcohol, fatty foods and sweets and drink lots of water.
3) Use your support system. Whether by phone or in person, keep reaching out and talking to the positive people in your life who love, support and encourage you.
4) Limit screen time, including social media and the news.
5) Help others if possible. Right now is a great time to donate your time, resources or maybe just a listening ear to those in need.
6) Stay positive. No matter how bad things seem there are always positive aspects to every crisis. Each night before sleeping, mentally note 3 positive aspects of your day.
These are only a few ways to care for yourself during this changing time. If you are in need of support, please reach out. Life Enhancement Counseling Services has a seasoned team of clinicians available to assist you and stand with you as you navigate your new normal. Please contact us today at 407-443-8862 to schedule child, adolescent, individual, couples or family counseling. We offer an array of mental health services and expertise and look forward to helping you become your best self.