Maintaining Positivity and Perspective During COVID-19 Pandemic

I thought I would share some stress management techniques that I am finding useful during current COVID-19 Pandemic:

  • Acknowledging that you are not alone, we are in this together, it is an extreme event which we are adjusting to and it will pass

  • Remembering to breathe/self regulate to manage stress/anxiety when feeling overwhelmed

  • In addition to having compassion for others, practise compassion for self

  • Focusing your energy on factors within your control (maintaining social distancing measures, keeping active, good hygiene) whilst acknowledging factors that are out of your control

  • Practising mindfulness/being present (there are a number of good mindfulness apps including: Smiling Mind; Headspace; and Calm)

  • Looking for the beauty in every day (e.g., sunrise, a blooming flower, clouds passing by)

  • Practising gratitude – at the end of each day taking stock of the things you are grateful for (e.g., family, friends, pets)

  • Touching base regularly and staying connected with family and friends whilst being creative during current social distancing measures (e.g., schedule in Zoom/Facetime catch ups for Netflix parties, trivia nights, lunch)

  • Seeking support if needed - tap into following 24/7 counselling support and/or link in with a health professional

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