Self Care During the Coronavirus Pandemic |

Self Care During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Let me start by saying I’m not here to repeat all of the things the CDC has been preaching for weeks (after all, I’m a photographer that specializes in body positive boudoir- do not take medical advice from me or anyone else without a medical qualification ?). Ya’ll already know you should be washing your hands and not touching your faces. What I’m here to talk about is something that a lot of people aren’t. It’s not how to stop the spread of the virus- but how to stop the spread of negativity, panic, and anxiety. Let’s talk about self care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

1. Limit negative conversations.

In the past few days, I realized that most of the conversations I was having was about COVID-19. And there really hasn’t been much new information so those conversations were incredibly repetitive and saturated with fear. It’s not helping anyone. So I’ve started monitoring my conversations. My personal rule for COVID-19 conversation: if the conversation and information isn’t helpful, then it’s hurtful. It’s easy to get swept up in panic, but it’s hurting your mental health. Choose a different topic- life is still happening. Talk about your goals, places you want to see, a funny comedian you saw on Netflix, whatever interests you and brings you back to that positive mindset. Excuse yourself from conversations that stress you out. Avoid those that don’t respect that boundary.

2. Stop reading every. single. article. available.

Staying informed is one thing, but reading every article you see with the words “coronavirus” is obsessing. Stop reading every article that Aunt Karen, your neighbor, and your bff from 4th grade post on Facebook. Check the source and limit yourself- they all say the same thing anyway. It’s not like there is an update every hour so you don’t need to be reading at that pace. If you want to stay informed, pick one or two reputable news sources and stick to them.

3. Take a social media hiatus if needed.

If you’re having a hard time setting boundaries and find that scrolling through Facebook is leaving you DRAINED, this is a great time for a social media hiatus. You might miss some TP memes, but I promise there really aren’t any good ones. Protect your mind and your heart. Be intentional about what you are putting in front of your eyes.

4. Do things that bring you joy DAILY.

This is so important. So many people will be affected in different ways. Now is a better time than any to focus on things that bring you joy. Whether it’s taking a long bath at night, playing video games, yoga, or reading a good book- make it a priority. Stay in touch with those that make you happy too. Have your best friend over for a girl’s night in or give your grandparents a call. Schedule these things into your day. You deserve it.

5. Practice gratitude.

It can be difficult to be grateful during hard times. But it’s times like these that make being grateful SO important. Pay attention to the things you may take for granted. Start a gratitude journal by listing them out. Go a step further, and TELL those things you are thankful for them. Tell your best friend, your boyfriend, your dogs, and hell, even your bathtub how thankful you are for them. Make it known. Acknowledging all of the good things in your life will bring balance back. Someone once told me that there is more good than evil in the world, but the evil is amplified. Let’s amplify the good. You’ve probably heard of karma, maybe you’ve heard of the law of attraction- it’s all the same. What you put out, you get back. Put positive, grateful vibes out there and you’ll get them back in return.

6. Know that this will pass.

This isn’t your new life. This isn’t permanent. In fact, most of what’s being put into place here in the United States and specifically Kansas City, is precautions. Remind yourself of that. It’s hard when there’s people out there buying up all of the toilet paper and baby wipes to remember that this is NOT some apocalyptic event. We’ve gone through epidemics before. There have been other coronaviruses that we’ve seen in our lifetime. And we’re still here. Remind that little voice screaming anxious thoughts in your head. We’re going to be okay. You’re going to be okay. Take care of yourself.

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