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Description: Most of us have been spending a LOT of time in the past couple of months looking outward, using television and online media, at the world around us and at how the other people in it have (or have not been) coping with the impacts associated with Covid-19. We are also starting to see what will likely be a tidal wave of speculation about what the world might, can or will look like once things “get back to normal,” whatever THAT means. Many people are rationing or limiting their Covid-related media consumption in order to manage their anxiety levels. It is also important that individuals (me AND you), take time and find opportunities to reflect a bit on how we are feeling and how we are managing, and we all need to engage in a bit of self-care. What does self-care involve? Well, first it requires that you know you could use some of it and then you need to give yourself some of it. If you are not sure about either of these steps go to the page linked below and check out some of the resources you will find there.

Source: Coping With Coronavirus, Self-Help Guides, Various Practicing Trainee Clinical Psychologists, University College London

Date: May 10, 2020

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So, did you come away from the site smug that you are doing just fine but it is good that there are such resources there for folks who need them? If so, I might suggest you are not taking yourself seriously enough. Hopefully, you found one or two things there that you can use right now and perhaps even a slightly broadened perspective on what you need and how you can help yourself get it.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. How anxious are you these days?
  2. Are there some things you have already been doing that are helping ou manage your feelings of anxiety or stress or uncertainty?
  3. What, if any, of the self-care resources did you find interesting and perhaps helpful and how might you integrate them into your day-to-day new and emerging reality?

References (Read Further):

Hawton, A., Green, C., Dickens, A. P., Richards, S. H., Taylor, R. S., Edwards, R., … & Campbell, J. L. (2011). The impact of social isolation on the health status and health-related quality of life of older people. Quality of Life Research, 20(1), 57-67. Link

Kravits, K., McAllister-Black, R., Grant, M., & Kirk, C. (2010). Self-care strategies for nurses: A psycho-educational intervention for stress reduction and the prevention of burnout. Applied Nursing Research, 23(3), 130-138. Link

Hansson, A., HilleråS, P., & Forsell, Y. (2005). What kind of self-care strategies do people report using and is there an association with well-being?. Social Indicators Research, 73(1), 133-139. Link

Badali, M. A., & Habra, M. E. (2003). Self-care for psychology students: Strategies for staying healthy & avoiding burn out. Psynopsis: Canada’s Psychology Newspaper, 25(4), 14. Link