The news is nonstop updating us on the dangers of COVID-19 and how it is important to take precautions to stay safe. This constant worry can be taxing to our mental health and ability to cope with the stress this brings. There is a difference between keeping up with the news to stay informed and watching each news article and update to the point of paralyzation from fear and worry. Reflect on the self-care and news input moderation that can be made:
1. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to the news. TV, social media, and even conversations. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
2. Take care of your body
a. Take deep breaths, stretch your body, meditate
b. Try mindful eating. Try to eat healthy with well-balanced meals and snacks
c. Find ways to get exercise in. Exercise regularly the best that you can
d. Get plenty of rest. Maintain a healthy sleep schedule where you are not sleeping too much or too little.
e. Avoid alcohol or drugs that can inhibit your ability to tolerate distress in the long run
3. Make time to unwind and relax. Try to Accumulate Positives and participate in activities you enjoy.
4. Connect with others too! Talk to people you care about and trust. Discuss concerns and be a support for each other.