While COVID-19 continues to disrupt life around us, TherapyWorks is committed to you! Keeping focus on the emotional wellness of our community is our top priority. Now more than ever, we’re dedicated to keeping you connected to helpful ways to care for yourself and your loved ones — when it matters most!
If you missed Part 1 of our Coping With COVID series, we covered 10 simple things you can do to calm the chaos of this time. You can catch up on Part 1 here.
In Part 2 of the series, we are talking all about MINDSET and how managing your mindset and adjusting your thoughts can reduce stress. We all want strategies to reduce stress during this time, right?
- Be aware of your thoughts – Take a moment to actually think about your thoughts. Become aware of where your mind is spending time – is helping or hurting you? Try to recognize and track negative “triggers”. This can help you better identify, prepare and make changes the next time around.
- Keep Perspective – Everything we see is perspective, not the truth. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Focus on the ‘good stuff’ and things that really matter most.
- Don’t obsess – It’s a waste of time to obsess over what you can’t control. Instead, focus on how you can best deal with the circumstance – make the best decision and plan the next step. Overthinking can be overwhelming. Think about the next best step and do that. One day at a time, one step at a time.
- Express Yourself: Sharing your thoughts can help you better understand and manage your experience. Write in a journal, call a friend, talk with a loved one or schedule a virtual therapy session.
- Give Yourself a Break: Be reasonable and patient with yourself and others. Now is not the time for perfection. You don’t expect perfection from others—give yourself the same grace. Now’s the time to practice self-compassion.
- Practice Acceptance: When adjusting to a ‘New Normal’, recognize that feelings of stress and anxiety are inevitable. It’s unfamiliar and requires us to make personal adjustments both mentally and emotionally.
- Stop, Look and Listen: Check-in with yourself. Be aware of when you are tired, anxious or overwhelmed. Then, take steps to care for yourself — breathe, stretch, take a nap, or have a snack. Try a relaxation technique such as progressive muscle relaxation. It’s an easy way to tune into your body and relax by tensing the muscles and then letting go and relaxing them. It is great because it involves physical as well as emotional components.
- Focus on the End – Remember that this is temporary and it will pass. Utilize this time to plan and prepare for what you’ll want to do when this is over. You can come out stronger on the other side!
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