When the outside word feels scary or chaotic, many people find that it’s harder than usual to take care of their own health and well-being. However, stopping your usual healthy activities or ignoring what you need to feel well can make everything going on in the outside world feel ever worse, which can make your own health and well-being feel worse. This cycle can really take a toll.
When you take care of yourself, you:
- Take care of your physical safety by following public health recommendations and orders to reduce the risk of becoming ill with COVID-19 or passing the coronavirus on to others
- Take care of your physical health by eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep, and managing stress as well as you can
- Take care of your mental health by learning how to manage the unhelpful thoughts that drive worry and fear, learning how to turn down the volume on distressing or overwhelming thoughts, and learning how to keep moving forward despite uncertainty
- Take care of your social health by keeping in touch with family, friends, and other important people
You may not be able to stop the coronavirus or make everything go back to normal tomorrow, but you can take care of yourself and support loved ones. You may need to get a bit creative if your usual spaces like gyms have closed, but this is a great time to try something new!
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