We are 2 months into this new way of life and I just read an article in the paper stating that schools are unlikely to physically return in September! WHAT!?
Reading that came as a bit of a shock, I know nothing is confirmed at this point but I think we all need to prepare ourselves that the impacts of COVID-19 will be long lasting.
In many ways, it is becoming harder to merely survive through this time and hope it passes soon, we need to be coming up with a plan to help ourselves accept and cope better than that. After all, "Hope is not a strategy" is a famous quote I LOVE.
So let’s talk coping strategies. I have compiled a personal tool kit of ideas to incorporate into your day.
A list of my favorite coping strategies
Ensure you are using positive self-talk. No one ever motivated themselves into exercise by calling themselves "fat and lazy"
Try a short mindfulness exercise on YouTube
Try a new recipe tonight
Meal plan for the week
Research a new hobby or career
Limit time on social media
Do a yoga video (Try: yoga with Adriene)
Buy a book on amazon and read it cover to cover
Write down some things you are grateful for
Clean something. A sense of accomplishment feels good!
Organize your junk drawer
Do a random act of kindness for someone. I love NB BOX
Get outside for a walk in nature. Go early in the morning or in the evening to catch the sunrise or sunset
Make plans for summer, things you know social distancing won’t impact
Feeling better does not have to be complicated. Regularly incorporating some new coping skills can help you find that resilience and inner strength to cope better with negative emotion and stress.
If you want to learn more about coping skills, we can help. ~Laura