Mind Set: Mental Health Survival Tips for 2020
1. Learn to cook something new
2. Eat together at the dining table, or have someone join you for a meal via video call.
3. Play and stay active. If you live alone organize a group video call for playing a board-game everyone has or meet in a VR room for a virtual hangout.
4. Stay Connected- It is so easy to let this social distancing get you down. Don't forget that we have so many ways to stay connected. Schedule routine video calls with people you love. Plan a meal to eat together over a video call. Play an online game together.
5. Rest - Always remember doing nothing is doing something. We must take time to rest and digest. Start practicing mindfulness and relaxation skills. There are several free apps that help encourage relaxation, mediation and mindfulness.
6. Create- learn a new hobby or start back with activities you once enjoyed. Take this time to remind yourself of things that bring you joy.
7. Read- read a new book or something you have enjoyed before
8. Learn- something new, take an online course, search you-tube for free instructions on something you have always wanted to learn about.
9. Grow- don't forget to grow through this pandemic. Give yourself permission to slow down and allow yourself to heal from the turmoil and disruption this global crisis has caused. Find ways grow, physically, emotionally and cognitively. Develop healthy self-care routines that create space for your needs during this time. Practice being attentive to your partner and children during this time. Make efforts to increase quality time, finish projects, laugh often, play always, love greatly, and practice grace.
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Rachel Hatfield M.S. LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, TAC-S
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