Yesterday, after I was sharing coping strategies with a Coping and Healing online group, I found this online article “How to look after your mental health during a pandemic.”
The coping strategies in that article include
- Coping with loneliness.
- Tools for coping with anxiety.
- Open communication and simple relaxation.
Here are some quotes from that article:
“Physical distancing and isolation measures, the closure of schools and workplaces, are particularly [challenging for] us, as they affect what we love to do, where we want to be, and who we want to be with.” —Dr. Hans Henri P. Kluge, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe
” Routine is very important for well-being, so … write a list of people and activities that lift your spirits; be sure to prioritize time for connecting with others and doing things you enjoy every day.” — Tania Diggory, founder of Calmer.”
… we can also reconnect with those hobbies and relaxation techniques that don’t require a screen — reading, taking a bath, gardening, listening to music, playing music, journaling, writing, arts and crafts, cooking new recipes, stroking your pet, daydreaming … so much to savor and enjoy.” — Kat Hounsell, founder of everyday people.
“Personally, I’m sticking to what has worked for me in the past when I want to be calm — for example, learning and practicing simple relaxation techniques, like breathing exercises, muscle relaxation, mindfulness [and] meditation [which] can all be very helpful in alleviating mental distress.” — Dr. Hans Kluge
Most of these issues and coping strategies came up in my Coping and Healing online group yesterday, which included one member theorizing that the pandemic was caused by a conspiracy of house cats, who want us to be home more. Several cats were attending the group (including Oscar) and none of the cats denied it.
Do you see any coping strategies in my recent photos?
I think letting go of self-judgment, guilt, shame, and worry are important coping strategies, especially during a pandemic.
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Please share your coping strategies during a pandemic in the comments section, below.
Gratitude is always a coping strategy for me, so thanks to all who help me create this daily blog, including YOU.