5 Strategies for Coping in Pandemic Times

Limit intake of media (watching, reading, or listening to news stories and social media).

Information sources

It’s often difficult to look away from a disaster. Nevertheless, we have to limit our coronavirus check-ins to a couple times per day, and preferably with a direct source like cdc.gov, rather than social media or television news channels. When you think about, we just need to be up-to-dated on important developments and the latest recommendations from public health authorities, not consumed by every detail during every waking hour.

Anchor yourself in daily routines.

Daily routines make you happy

I am blessed to have the opportunity to work from home. I focus my day on tasks, goals or activities that are important to me. I recommend writing down work and personal priorities the day before, so that you will have a plan when you start the day. I use the Omnifocus app to plan projects and tasks towards my professional and personal goals. So, I have something to work on every day.

Take care of your body.

Love yourself

Do things that bring you happiness or pleasure.

Getting to happy

Despite restrictions on certain activities and gatherings, this is still an especially important time to seek out things that bring you pleasure. Play with your pets or childrenCook, garden, and read (something other than coronavirus news!). Make candles (one of my hobbies). Write notes to friends. Even binge-watching Netflix or Hulu can be a healthy habit in these challenging times.

Connect with others.

A recent Zoom meeting with my work team

Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Text friends and colleagues to say hello. Use tools like Facetime and Zoom to see them virtually, as you plan for great days ahead.

The Coronavirus pandemic will come to an end. We will have our lives back. I look forward to vacationing with my loved ones. What are you looking forward to?

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