Practical Tips To Help You Care For Yourself During This Difficult Time

The Covid-19 virus has caused havoc around the world. According to the recent
update, a total of 52,983 people throughout the world have been victims of this
invisible enemy. Many of us are speechless when it comes to the ramifications on
our lives. Some of us are forced to work from our homes while others have lost their
jobs and are worried about their future and financial loss. Many are worried about
being separated from their loved ones, their loss of freedom, their uncertainty over
disease status, fear about their own health, fear of infecting others, and boredom. All
of these concerns can cause psychological distress.

How do you know when you are experiencing distress?
(a) Fear and worry about your own health.
(b) Changes in sleep or eating patterns
(c) Difficulty concentrating
(d) Worsening of chronic health problem
(e) Anger
(f) Depression.

What can you do to decrease stress?
(a) Practice deep breathing exercises. Breath in for four counts then hold for
four. Breathe out for four and hold for four counts then repeat.
(b) Exercise daily. Do indoor workout exercise and stretching. If you go for a
walk outside, practice safe distancing.
(c) Movement is important so do whatever you enjoy doing, eg., Zumba, Hula-
Hoop etc.,
(d) Eat a healthy diet.
(e) Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.
(f) Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep. Have a set time to go to sleep before midnight.
Avoid blue light before bed.

(a) Stay in contact with people. Talk with people you trust about your concerns
and how you are feeling.
(b) Activate your social network remotely. Social media can connect you with
family and friends. For those who prefer using the telephone, have a
telephone support line of friends.
(c) Engage in activities that give you pleasure and a sense of meaning. This is the
time to have fun time with your husband or wife and children.
(d) Avoid watching the news all the time. Stay informed about the situation via
reliable sources, but limit your news to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

(e) Identify negative thoughts that causes physical sensations that contribute to
your cycle of distress and feelings of being overwhelmed.
(f) Take each day as it comes and focus on the things you can control.

(a) Spend time in prayer and meditation. Capitalize on this time by spending
more time being shut in with God, dwelling in His secret place and abiding
under the shadow of the Almighty.
(b) Study The Word of God and meditate on His promises. By trusting God to
keep His promises, this can be a buffer to decrease stress.
(c) Reach out to others because as you help others spiritually, you can also be
(d) Have an attitude of gratitude.
(e) We must believe that when the world is collapsing around us, God is with us
in the midst of it too.

Remember that although the Covid-19 disease has caused fear in our nation, we
cannot allow it to cripple us. It is important that we view life’s challenges in a
positive, faith-filled way. Faith keeps us joyful and energized while we are trusting
God to change the current reality. Don’t use your energy to worry; use your energy
to believe.

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