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  • Sarah Reichert

Mayo Clinic offers suggestions for self-care during the pandemic.

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

Here are a few tips you can use to take care of yourself:

Physical health:

  • Fuel your body by eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of water.

  • Aim to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

  • Exercise every day.

  • Take deep breaths and stretch often.

  • Avoid risky or destructive behaviors, such as abusing alcohol or drugs, excessive gambling or ignoring public health recommendations.

  • Spend time outside, such as going for a walk in the park, but follow social distancing guidelines.

Mental health:

  • Set and maintain a routine at home.

  • Focus on things you can control.

  • Use technology to maintain social connections with your loved ones. Consider a regular check-in schedule to give you something to look forward to.

  • Focus your thoughts on the present and things to be grateful for today.

  • Listen to music or read books.

  • Consume reliable news sources that report facts, and avoid media that sensationalizes emotions. Limit your exposure or take a break from news and social media if you find that it makes you anxious.

  • Lean on your personal beliefs and faith for support.

  • Look for ways to help your community, such as blood donations, checking on older people in your neighborhood, or donating supplies or money to local organizations.

  • Acknowledge and appreciate what others are doing to help you and your community.

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