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Ways to Cope in the time of COVID: Activate Things in Your Control


Coping Strategies in the Period of COVID

Activate Things that are in Your Control

Joanna Salit, MSW RSW


 

·      Look for ways settle your nervous system (it is on high alert!)


·      Move your body daily: gentle stretching such as child’s pose, cat/cow or neck stretches, yoga, aerobic exercise, walking 


·      Get outside daily and get fresh air


·      Try to ingest nourishing foods and limit salt and sugar intake


·      Drink water


·      Create a sleep ritual that tells your body and mind that it is time to rest: no screens ½ hour before bed, drink herbal tea, take a warm shower or bath, use sleep meditations (eg: apps such as Insight Timer, Calm or Headspace)


·      If you wake up in the middle of the night do not look at screens. Try 4-7-8 breathing until you fall asleep (inhale for 4, hold breath for 7, exhale slowly for 8)


·      Connect socially with friends /family in a safe manner and talk about things that you enjoy


·      Minimize use of alcohol, drugs or nicotine 


·      Try to create some structure in your day


·      Give yourself permission to not be as productive as usual


·      Practice box breathing – inhale for a count of 4, hold for 4, exhale for 4 and hold lungs empty for 4


·      Engage in altruism (eg: check in with a neighbour, donate to charity)


·      Limit exposure to the news


·      Name and acknowledge your feelings 


·      Use grounding strategies such as the Five Sense: Name five things you see, four things you feel on your skin, three things you hear, two things you can smell, one thing you taste


·      Talk to your family doctor and/or a therapist – create space just for you


·      It is ok to not be ok! 

Listen to your body and make choices that are healthy for you



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