Stay resilient during the pandemic
Human beings respond to stress in the same way we respond to physical danger: fight, flight or freeze. And facing the impact of a global pandemic at home and in your community can be extremely stressful, especially for frontline workers. All of us are dealing with a range of stress reactions and feelings: Fear, anxiety, loneliness, insomnia, irritability, anger and depression are all normal.
Resilience is the ability to face and recover from adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats and prolonged stress. The more resilient you are, the more able you are to bring yourself back to your steady, safe state. Try these strategies to help yourself stay mentally and physically resilient during this difficult time.
Develop a good routine to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Move your body. Dance, run, jump, walk.
Be with people who care about you.
See silver linings, a new angle, a glass half full.
Accept the things you cannot change.
And change the things you can.
Be kind to yourself, appreciate yourself.
Doing something for others replenishes you.
Practice mindfulness with four slow, deep breaths.
Ask for help
Reach out to a counselor, doctor or spiritual leader.
(Adapted from Alvarez Porter Group)