Taking Care While Social Distancing
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For most of us, staying at home more is a new experience that can bring different types of emotions, anxiety and stress. Learning how to cope with mixed feelings related to social distancing, isolation and quarantine can be challenging.
According to the CDC, being social isolated can create additional stress in your life. It can include fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones.
Feeling anxious can impact your sleeping and eating patterns and can even interfere with your ability to concentrate. Stress can also have negative consequences on existing chronic health problems and can lead to increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
What can you do to support yourself and others while being quarantined?
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Continually hearing negative news about the coronavirus can be disturbing.
While it is necessary to stay informed, finding a balance between being updated with the latest news and not being overwhelmed is important. Remember, that children are also affected by what they see and hear on television.
Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
Check out the many online options that offer free workouts. While you are in the comfort of your home, try a workout that you have never done. You might as well have fun while you are observing the social distancing guidelines.
Make time to unwind. Just being outside around your house can provide fresh air and a break from feeling trapped inside.
Talk with friends and family members you feel you can trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Call and check on your friends. Supporting and helping others is a great way to forget about your stress.
Together, we can get through this. Stay home and stay safe.