A friend shared this with me. It was written by a doctoral level Psychologist in NYS. After having multiple sessions with patients where the singular focus was COVID-19 and how to cope, this advice was consolidate in hopes of it being helpful to all. I am sharing this advice with you, hoping that you find it as helpful as I have. Stay safe & healthy!

  1. STICK TO A ROUTINE. Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as self-care.

  2. DRESS FOR THE SOCIAL LIFE YOU WANT, NOT THE SOCIAL LIFE YOU HAVE. Get showered and dressed in comfortable clothes, wash your face, brush your teeth. Take the time to do a bath or a facial. Put on some bright colors. It is amazing how our dress can impact our mood.

  3. GET OUT ONCE A DAY, FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES. If you are concerned of contact, try first thing in the morning, or later in the evening, and try less traveled streets and avenues. If you are high risk or living with those who are high risk, open the windows and blast the fan. It is amazing how much fresh air can do for spirits.

  4. TIME TO MOVE EACH DAY, AGAIN DAILY FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES.If you don’t feel comfortable going outside, there are many YouTube videos that offer free movement classes, and if all else fails, turn on the music and have a dance party!

  5. REACH OUT TO OTHERS, at least once daily. Try to do FaceTime, Skype, phone calls, texting—connect with other people to seek and provide support. Don’t forget to do this for your children as well. Set up virtual playdates with friends daily via FaceTime, Facebook Messenger Kids, Zoom, etc—your kids miss their friends, too!