Wellness During a Pandemic [Plus Helpful Resources]
Those who work in the therapy industry are busy people by nature and love a good routine–but lately, things have been far from normal.
Across the country (and parts of the world), the government has told us to stay inside and practice social distancing unless considered an essential worker. Whether you’re a therapy professional who continues to work, or you’re unable to practice right now, your mental health is being challenged during this period of uncertainty, stress, and social isolation.
Luckily, there are steps you can (and should) take to care for your wellbeing and focus on self-care. Keep reading for some great ideas and resources to help you get by.
Focus on Meaningful Activities
With the amount of news, information, and advice on our screens, it’s easy to get sucked into false facts and horror stories. Watching the news 24/7 isn’t good for your mental health. Make sure you’re relying on trusted sources like the BBC and WHO. When you have free time, do something relaxing that makes you happy, like reading, listening/playing music, watching a movie or doing yoga. If you have kids, the last link below is a great resource for education during this time.
- For free audiobooks: Audible Discovery
- For deciding what movie to watch: 49 of the best shows to watch right now
- For keeping the kids educated/entertained: BBC Bitesize
Try to Maintain a Routine
Make an effort to stick to a routine as much as you can: whether that means waking up and going to sleep at the same time, keeping in touch with friends or colleagues, exercising, and eating regular meals. Get outside and get some fresh air as much as you can, keeping a safe, 2-metre distance from other people.
- For seeing friends/family: Zoom or WhatsApp
- For home workouts: NHS Live well
- For recipes using anything in your fridge: Love Food, Hate Waste
Live in the Moment
The good thing to remember is that this is all temporary. Practice mindfulness by keeping thoughts in the here and now. Think of everything you can accomplish today.
If you have a history of anxiety, mental illness, or are experiencing anxious thoughts, it’s important to know that you’re not alone and that there are ways to feel better: practice deep breathing and meditation; accept your emotions–without judgment–and know they will pass; question your thoughts and follow them logically to the end, understanding your level of control over those worries; speak to yourself positively, like you would if you were comforting another person. If you are under the care of a mental health professional, reach out to that person; if not, seek help online or by phone.
We hope these insights and resources help during these troubling times. We’ll get through this together.
If you have any other ideas that you think will help the therapy community, please reach out to us: email firstname.lastname@example.org
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