Leon Steyn is a Public Speaker, Facilitator-Trainer, and international Author of Books and Articles that teach personal development skills and talent development at organizations.

Missing your Besties

It's sad, it's horrible and it's real. I do not think that around a year ago, anyone even vaguely expected what lay ahead for us. Now, a year later, we have experienced what a pandemic is and what it can do and what the emotional and social aftermath is. We have to do something; something which will help us to get by and persevere until things get better. (Get "back to normal" is not a statement which is very helpful).

The Centre for Disease Control has some very helpful and most useful tips. Try not to view these tips as too clichéd or simple - take one at a time and try it for yourself - you may just be surprised!

Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. It’s good to be informed, but hearing about the pandemic constantly can be upsetting. Consider limiting news (my suggestion is to avoid news to twice a week) to just a couple times a day and disconnecting from phone, tv, and computer screens for a while.

  • Take care of your body.

  • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate

  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.

  • Exercise regularly.

  • Get plenty of sleep.

  • Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco, and substance use.

  • Continue with routine preventive measures (such as vaccinations, cancer screenings, etc.) as recommended by your healthcare provider.

  • Get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine when available.

  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.

  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

  • Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations. While social distancing measures are in place, try connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.

Helping Others Cope

Taking care of yourself can better equip you to take care of others. During times of social distancing, it is especially important to stay connected with your friends and family. Helping others cope with stress through phone calls or video chats can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely or isolated. By reaching out to just one other person who cannot do that one thing, that you can do for them, will flood your brain with some feel-good hormones and you will feel much better.

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