Coping with COVID-19
Unquestionably there is a lot of uncertainty around the COVID-19 outbreak which is causing a lot of worry and anxiety for people worldwide. Given the recent measures by the authorities around social-distancing, quarantine, and working from home, it’s likely that some of us will feel lonely, isolated, upset and stressed.
Let’s see what we can do to support yourself!
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media about the pandemic. Get some regular updates from credible sources (!!!!!) in the morning and check again briefly toward the end of the day. There’s no need to stay tuned in 24/7 — it can actually make your anxiety much, much worse.
- Connect with others. Social distancing and quarantine may require us to stay in our homes, but that doesn’t mean we have to isolate. It’s very important to stay in contact (through video chats, phone calls, texting, and email) with family, friends, and neighbors and to anyone who matters to you. It really helps to feel the strength of your connections to your friends and loved ones, even though you may not be with them in person. People need to hear your voice — and vice versa.
- Make time to unwind - ideally away from the screens. Try to do some other activities you enjoy that you never have time to finish. Do that do-it-yourself project you always wanted. Finish that book you started last summer or that puzzle that tante Doutzen gave you for Sinterklaas. Try a new recipe. Indulge in some home-spa time. Listen to music. Dance! There are many things to do that you haven’t tried yet. Now it’s the “right” time to do so.
- Maintain a healthy routine and take care of your body. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs. Exercise helps to elevate your mood and lower stress. Remember that if you are healthy, your body will be stronger and better able to fight a virus.
I want to stay CONNECTED WITH ALL OF YOU so I will be posting ideas for healthy meals and recipes, my projects indoors, my exercise routine, etc. on a daily basis. You are more than welcome to share with us how you spend your free time #stayhome #stayhealthy
All these suggestions won’t take away the threat of coronavirus but may help us to manage our wellbeing through this difficult time!
Stay healthy! Stay safe! Stay home!