Self-Care During Uncertain Times
When facing the unknown, and feeling as though all control has been lost, self-care is more important than ever. Throw in a broken routine and added responsibilities, and now we find ourselves filled with anxiety, fear, frustration, and confusion. There is no doubt that these are scary times.
However, they become easier to maneuver when we clean our minds as often as we clean our hands. By taking a mental inventory, we are able to get an idea of what thoughts are helping us, and what thoughts are moving us closer to the downward spiral of anxiety and depression. There are several ways that we are able to prioritize our sanity and combat the feelings of isolation, boredom, and constantly nagging fear.
With this new normal of social distancing, we must remember that this is only a physical recommendation. We must stay 6 feet apart from one another physically, however emotionally it is imperative that we stay close.
Reaching out to those who may fall into the “high-risk” category will bring them a sense of comfort, support, and will ensure that they do not feel alone during this lockdown. There’s no doubt that they are feeling just as scared and isolated as the rest of us are, so a friendly voice checking in on them will help them relax and ensure that they know they are loved. Think of parents, grandparents, those who may be immunocompromised, new mothers, and those in early recovery. Giving back to those in need is as easy as a loving phone call.
Now is the time to try something new. Something like meditation, journaling, walking and playing outside, reading, starting a new, creative hobby, allowing yourself to actually rest, turning off the television or maybe unfollowing any negative/fear mongering social media accounts. The options are endless, and you may be surprised which healthy habit will stick with you.
You also may find yourself with more time than you are typically used to. While initially thought of as a “corona-cation,” boredom may set in quicker than expected. This poses a dangerous threat to those in recovery, as boredom is a very common trigger. Sticking to a schedule that is as similar to your regular routine as possible, helps maintain a sense of control. By scheduling time for work, family, self-care, and rest, the battle against boredom is much more favorable.
Using this time to try something new will help to ward off any unwanted negative emotions or unhealthy coping mechanisms that may arise. Get those creative juices flowing, and you may just find your new favorite hobby! Always remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
If you’re struggling with your mental health, a substance use disorder, or eating disorder during this tough time, Recovery Centers of America is here to guide you to recovery. Reach out to Lauren directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
– Written by: Treatment Advocate Lauren Vandenbraak