By Sherry Shrallow
PBNM Board Member, Clinical Social Worker
I can’t emphasize enough the importance of creating a daily routine to help us through these challenging times. Here are some suggestions that Dale and I have put in place now that we are socially distancing from others.
Get outside and walk (or run) one hour in the morning and one hour in the late afternoon. Exercise combats depression and anxiety.
Practice yoga, meditation and qigong in the early morning to set your intention for the day. If you’ve never tried these practices, find them on the internet and give them a try.
Set aside time for learning each day. You can read a book, or learn something new on the internet. I have several books I will read again to reinforce my learning.
Laugh!! It truly is the best medicine. Dale and I are cracking each other up often during the day and it helps to lighten both of our moods.
Eat well. Focus on veggies, fruits, whole grains, and legumes. These foods support healthy immune function which we particularly need at this time. No better time to get into the kitchen and start cooking. It’s very meditative.
Sleep on a regular schedule for at least 7 hours. Our bodies need this.
Call friends and family on the phone. It helps to connect to those we love. Hearing another human voice sure beats texting.
Be kind to yourself and to others. Share what you have and be aware of what others may need.
Limit the amount of time you watch, listen, and read the news. It’s best to check in periodically during the day but don’t stay glued to the tv, internet or your phone. It only increases anxiety and since we have no control over the news, don’t let it take over your life.
Put on your favorite music and sing your heart out! Try dancing too. It feels so good!
Life is sure different now but it is still good. This is a time to reflect and turn inward, realizing what is truly important in life. This is also a time to slow our lives down and be grateful each and every day. We can do this. Love to all