5 Tips for Taking Care of Yourself and Those Around You

Apr 13, 2020 | Leadership


Content Contributed by CenterEdge

This is a stressful and difficult time for all of us in one way or another. We’re worried about our health, the health of those we care about, financial concerns, caring for our children, trying to be teachers, and all of the other uncertainty and anxiety that comes from the world at large. Each and every one of us has at least some of these concerns right now. And this is on top of being trapped at home while trying to maintain some sort of normal life. It’s challenging, to say the least.

Your physical health is only one part of your overall well-being. It’s more important than ever not to neglect your own mental and emotional well-being, or that of those around you. To that end, we wanted to share some tips and resources that can help you take care of yourself, your family and your team.

1. Remember you’re not alone.

More important than anything listed past this point, is knowing that we can rely on each other. If you’re struggling one day and you just need someone to talk with to vent about the world, don’t hesitate to reach out to your industry friends and partners. We can all lean on each other. We might not be able to help fix your problem, but we can certainly listen.

The reverse is true, too. If you are worried about someone, reach out just to check in on them. It’s more important than ever to stay connected. Just because we’re stuck at home doesn’t mean that you can’t take time to call (or Facetime or use Google Hangouts) with your friends and family. It’s especially nice to see a smiling face right now.

2. Stay active.

It’s good for your health and your mental state. Don’t feel like going for a walk or run? There are a wide variety of classes available on the Peloton app (no bike required) and they are offering a 90-day free trial. Many gyms are conducting Facebook Live sessions for free, and there are thousands of YouTube videos online that will offer any type of fitness you’re interested in.

3. Take in the fresh air.

Try to (safely and responsibly) go outside as often as you can. It can help you feel connected to the world and sunshine always helps my mood. That afternoon call you have to make? Take it from the porch.

4. Set a schedule and keep to it.

It’s far too easy to stay up late watching Tiger King and let your sleep schedule (or eating schedule) suffer.

5. Take care of your mental health.

You might be surprised at how much this situation is impacting your mental and emotional well-being. In addition to the general physical health recommendations and resources, remember that many organizations are offering free tools, consultations and online solutions.
For example:

  • This USA Today article discusses free and discounted online counseling and therapy sessions. As discussed in a recent article in the USA Today.
  • Many states are offering additional services. For example, in North Carolina, the State Dept of Health and Human Services is offering a new service called the Hope4NC Helpline (855.587.3463), that “connects North Carolinians to additional mental health and resilience supports that help them cope and build resilience during times of crisis.”
  • There are many mobile apps available to help you with physical and mental well-being. For example, the popular app Headspace is offering a free collection in-app called “Weathering the Storm” to help us all get through this pandemic, and are also offering a free 2-week trial. If you’ve never tried meditation before, it’s probably not what you think, and I challenge you to give it a shot.

What I know is this: our industry is incredible, creative and we care about the communities we serve – and they are going to need us more than ever, in the hopefully very near future. Please stay healthy and safe.

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