Taking Compassionate Care of Yourself During Difficult Times

The self-care rituals and rhythms you regularly rely on to boost your energy and focus and alleviate your anxiety and depression have basically evaporated. The trail you used to bike with your best friend is now closed—and your best friend, like you, is staying home for the foreseeable future. The yoga studio you attended most mornings has shut down, and so have your favorite coffee shop, pizza place, and bookstore. You no longer look forward to reading on your commute because you’re currently working from your spare bedroom. And you’re beyond disappointed and frustrated. You’re devastated. Thankfully, there is some good news: “[A]ll the time we now have in one space may lend to trying new forms of self-care that may be surprisingly satisfying and rewarding,” said Stacey Sherrell, a marriage and family therapist who specializes in helping individuals with grief and loss, life transitions, and trauma in Los Angeles, Calif. Where can you start? Here’s a variety of ideas for taking compassionate care of yourself during this difficult time. Focus on what you can control. “While we are not in control over the world, we can still be in control over our world,” said Rosy Saenz-Sierzega, Ph.D, a counseling psychologist who specializes in treating depression, anxiety, grief, and relationships issues in Chandler, Ariz. She suggested planning out your day based on your unique needs and values. Similarly, New ...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: General Inspiration & Hope Mental Health and Wellness Self-Help Stress coronavirus COVID-19 Self Care stay at home order Source Type: blogs

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Source: Infectious Diseases of Poverty - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
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