CORNERSTONE COUNSELING CENTER
by Richard Pehle LCSW-C, November 2,2020
- Create a prioritized list of things you would like to accomplish today. (Be gentle with yourself if you can’t get everything done.)
- Change into daytime clothing at a regular time each day.
- Keep a normal sleeping pattern in which you go to bed and get up at the same times each day.
- Reach out daily to friends, family, and social contacts to reduce your isolation.
- If you feel cramped in your home or apartment, set up an area and times when you and other family members can have some privacy.
- Do something to bring humor into your life. Watch a TV comedy or movie, read cartoons or humorous books.
- Exercise regularly by walking, biking, stretching, weight lifting, or using an exercise video.
- Use meditation and breathing to reduce stress. There are several good apps like Calm and Headspace that can help.
- When the weather is nice get outdoors. Take in a sunrise or sunset.
- Limit watching news updates about the virus.
- Use this special time to connect with family.
- Avoid over-indulging in alcohol, drugs or food, as they may negatively affect your overall health.
- Practice a hobby, learn something new, or play a game. There are many free sites online for games, museum tours, or new learning experiences.
- Play your favorite music.
- Focus each day on present day activities vs. concerns about the future.
- Improve your mood by helping someone else to feel connected or supported.
- Reduce negative thinking or worry by consciously choosing to put your attention on something else.
- If you are spiritually based, spend some time connecting with your church, higher power or spiritual place.
- Accept that it is normal in this time to experience some anxiety or feeling down.
- Allow yourself to contact a counselor if you feel your worry, anxiety, or depression is becoming upsetting or difficult to manage.