Done with COVID-19? 6 Ways to Cope

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Done with COVID -19?  6 Ways to Help Cope with COVID Fatigue 


Talk about your frustrations

Finding someone – family, friend or professional – to talk to about your frustrations and anxieties is extremely helpful. Ignoring feelings or emotions doesn’t make them go away – eventually they will all come exploding out and you won’t have as much control.

Engage in constructive thinking

Be compassionate with yourself and others. Feelings come from our thoughts about the situation, and although we can't change the situation, we can adjust our thinking. Remind yourself, "I'm doing the best I can."

Take it day by day or even moment by moment

Don’t look too far down the road. Realize you will have good days and bad days, or good moments and bad moments. Realize these things can come in waves. It’s OK to say, “Right now, it’s bad.” Think about what you can do to feel better.

Let yourself laugh

There’s a healthy physical reaction to laughing. Laughter can actually induce physical changes in the body and can even set you up for overall long-term health. If nothing else, put on your favorite comedy or read through the comics in the newspaper.

Be compassionate with yourself

Don’t expect perfection and don’t wallow in mistakes or missed chances. Nobody prepared us for getting through COVID-19. We’re all making it up as we go, and it’s completely fine if you don’t have all the answers or always know what to do. No one does.

Exercise to help cope with COVID-19

Experts say exercise is the best thing we can do for coping with COVID-19. Even a simple walk can help. Exercise releases endorphins, which relieve stress and boost our sense of pleasure. Exercise also channels out adrenaline when frustration builds up. If the air quality is bad outside, try a yoga or workout video inside your home.

Adapted from UC Davis Health


How Our Brain Affects Our Motivation to Follow Safety Precautions


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