Managing Wellness in Turbulent Times
Our realities are shifting quickly in these unique and challenging times. Every day seems to bring new changes. Just a few short weeks ago our world felt very different, but here we are.
Social isolation can feel, well, isolating! There’s no app, website or podcast that’ll make everything okay right now, but there are things we can do to take care of ourselves and each other – like these 6 daily practices from Laurie Baird, our Mental Wellness Coordinator.
Develop a routine
In general, keeping to some kind of routine helps. As much as possible, focus on getting enough rest, eating well and regularly, staying hydrated, moving and stretching, and taking breaks. Take it one day at a time and notice how what you’re doing impacts you. Adjust your routine if necessary.
Move your body
The fresh air and connection to outside sights and sounds can boost your mood and lower your stress levels. If you’re able to walk outside in your neighbourhood while following current government advisements (including social distancing), try to walk outdoors for 30 minutes each day.
Limit your exposure to the news
Continuous accessing of COVID-19 news can lead to feeling overwhelmed and anxious. While it’s important to stay informed, choose credible sources (like the Nova Scotia and Canadian government websites or the WHO) and limit the frequency of your updates. Find NSCC COVID-19 updates here
Seek out the good stuff
Embrace silliness and laughter. Now is the time for cat videos to shine! Find something that makes you smile and reminds you of humanity’s goodness. One source is Positive News, an e-magazine created by journalists seeking to highlight things that are going well.
Physical distancing doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected. Maintaining social connections is vital to staying grounded and well. If you’re feeling isolated or lonely, there are a multitude of ways to connect with others. Call, text, and use video and other technology to stay connected to friends and family.
Our nervous system and mood is nurtured when we engage in creating. Find some type of creative expression. Music, writing, knitting, drawing, building – it doesn’t matter if you’re “good at it”, it just matters that you do it.