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Staying Well During COVID-19


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Staying Well During COVID-19

 

We are living through an unusually trying and stressful time. The COVID-19 pandemic, sheltering in place or safe distancing, and the constant news cycle can create a unique and intense mental strain for everyone, but especially those experiencing domestic abuse. Below are Safe+Sound Somerset’s tips and resources to help everyone keep in top physical, mental, spiritual and social/emotional health:

  • Call or text Safe+Sound Somerset’s 24/7 hotline at 866-685-1122 to help you create or update a safety plan today, as we navigate the changes surrounding the pandemic, and later as things return to their normal. Do not hesitate to call or text repeatedly if needed. The statewide hotline is also available at 1-800-572-SAFE (7233). For additional tips, please visit our safety planning webpage at safe-sound.org/safety-planning.
  • Keep a clean home environment. Reduce your risk of spreading germs in the home by:
    • Immediately washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds or longer upon each return home
    • Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces daily, including door knobs, light switches, remotes, toilets and sinks

 

Physical | Find Ways to Stay Active

  • Take multiple walks outside and encourage children to run and play outside, if allowed under the current health guidelines. If there are other people outside, please continue to maintain safe social-distancing practices.

  • There are lots of free exercise classes available online. Some free YouTube channels include Yoga With Adrienne, POPSUGAR Fitness, and HASfit.  The Keep Yoga app is available to download for free, and the Down Dog app is free for students and teachers through 7/1/2020.

 

Mental | Take Care of Your Mental Health

              • While it’s important to stay abreast of the latest information regarding COVID-19, it’s easy to become wrapped up in the information about the pandemic, increasing stress and anxiety levels. Stress-reducing strategies include:
              • Giving yourself breaks from the news and social media, limiting your exposure to COVID-19 news and updates. The fear and anxiety that the constant exposure can cause could be traumatic.
              • If you are feeling triggered or out of sorts, The Coronavirus Sanity Guide includes some great tools to help deal with the stress surrounding the outbreak.
              • Boost immunity through regular sleep, healthy eating and staying hydrated.

Spiritual | Mindfulness & Meditations

  • Mindfulness and meditations are great tools that helps release some stress and anxiety. While it doesn’t get rid of your problems, it can help give you a little more space to deal with them in a thoughtful way.
  • Incorporate mindfulness prompts in your journaling or drawing.
    • What is the best possible life you can imagine?
    • If you had a magic wand to change anything in the world, what would it be and how would you do it?
    • Gratitude – what and/or who are you grateful for today?
    • Draw or paint 5 things that matter most to you (objects, people, places, etc.)
    • Focus your energy towards someone in your life who you are grateful for or who might need positive thoughts.
    • Artist and illustrator Carson Ellis leads a “Quarantine Art Club” through posts on Instagram where she posts free prompts on weekday mornings for all ages.
    • 365 One-Word Prompts for journaling or drawing from ArtJournalist
  • Connect with friends and family through video chats or telephone calls
  • Boost immunity through regular sleep, healthy eating and staying hydrated.

 


See Also: Safe+Sound Somerset’s Mindfulness Guide


 

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