As we continue to navigate this challenging time, it’s important to take good care of ourselves. Here are some helpful tips from Georgian’s Mental Health and Well-being Committee:
- Acknowledge how you’re feeling. You may be experiencing a range of emotions right now, and that’s okay. Georgian students and employees have access to free, confidential support. Check out the portals for more information.
- Practise self-compassion. Treat yourself and talk to yourself the way you would a good friend. Here are some resources.
- Limit how much news you consume. It’s easy to scroll and scroll or read every article that pops up. Check in once or twice a day, and be sure to get news from trusted sources.
- Find some happy news to read when you can. There are lots of positive initiatives happening in our communities right now as people rally to help others. Share your good news stories with us on social media @georgiancollege
- Be mindful of how much time you spend on social media. Unfollow or mute any triggering content or people.
- Stay connected with family and friends. Be creative with phone calls, texts and video chat. We’ve heard stories of people cooking together online or starting dance parties. Consider sending some good old-fashioned mail too; people love snail mail!
- Find a balance between establishing a routine and making sure your day has a bit of variety. Routine will help you stay focused and variety will keep things interesting.
- Download an app. Check out these 14 free apps to help you manage anxiety and stress.
- Get lots of fresh air. Connect with nature every day in ways that ensure safe physical distancing.
- Move – in whatever way works best for you. There are many things you can do – from going for a walk or doing some yoga, to kicking a ball around the yard or dancing to favourite tunes in your kitchen.
- Make sure you get proper sleep. Quick naps (15 to 20 minutes) are good too!
- Take plenty of breaks. Get up and stretch every hour.
- Eat nutritious foods. It’s easy to crave comfort foods right now but more important than ever to take care of your body and brain.
- Approach mindless activities more mindfully. Try being fully present when doing everyday tasks like brushing your teeth or pouring a cup of tea. See a cool infographic on mindfulness.
- Create a daily joyful ritual. Find something small you can do every day to bring a smile to your face.
- Document your experience with physical distancing. Use a camera, journal or make art.
- Learn something new. Try out a new recipe or watch some online videos to help you gain or hone a skill.
- Practise gratitude. Here are 31 science-backed benefits of gratitude. You can also use this tracker from the Rethink Kit to journal your gratitude for the week.
- Engage in acts of kindness. Kindness is not only good for others, but good for you too! Don’t believe us? There’s science behind it. See 50 ways you can practice kindness; included on the list are ideas that can be done at home and virtually.
- Try a guided meditation. Mindfulness Without Borders offers some great ones on Soundcloud.
What are you doing to take care of yourself? Share your tips on social media with us @georgiancollege
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This post was published in March 2020 and updated in January 2021