Self-love can abate suffering. Between “sheltering in place”, indefinite school closures, hourly workers suffering from shuttered businesses, the general fear felt throughout your body from watching the news and the unknown of it all, it’s no secret that the lot of us are suffering on the inside. Many of us are “keeping it together” for our families, but we need to understand that stress has a major impact on your mind and body – it’s important to MAKE the time for self-care and self-love.
Abate News Intake: Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting and/or triggering for anyone, especially those who are suffering from mental health disorders.
Be Mindful & Move Your Body: Take care of your body inside and out. Take deep breaths, stretch and meditate. Try your best to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly and get proper sleep. Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy like reading, knitting, cooking, baking, Netflix and chilling – what have you.
Lean on Friends and Professionals: Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. “Make sure you call, text, FaceTime, or Skype daily with others. During traumatic times, having a sense of connection and a feeling of community is essential for hope and healing,” says Deborah Serani, PsyD, psychologist and author. This includes mental health professionals, especially if you suffer from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders or any other brain health issues.
In this tumultuous time of deep economic and political division, we now must remember and hold dear the fact that we are all in this together. What’s more, is that the only way for us to help the collective of humanity is to first practice self-love and help ourselves during the chaos, so that we have enough energy within us to keep going. Please ensure to follow CDC guidelines throughout this crisis.
Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.