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Finding Comfort While Practicing Social-Distancing

Being home to help decrease exposure and prevent the spread of infection can create feelings of loneliness, frustration, and stress. Recognizing that self-care may look different at home, here are some self-care tips to help cope with social-distancing, self-isolation, or quarantine.

Psychological Self-Care

  • Stay calm and positive
  • Practice Self-Compassion
  • Experiencing stress related to family concerns is normal
    • If you are unable to be home with family due to travel restrictions or limitations
    • If you feel lack of independence or privacy due to being at home with family and away from friends
    • Focus on things in your control, such as calling family members or friends, or sending text messages
  • Make your bedroom feel cozy (or another room to escape to) when feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with lack of privacy and/or autonomy
  • Put in headphones to help mentally escape; listen to relaxing music or your favorite tunes
  • Read for pleasure (library audio-books are free!)
  • Complete puzzles
  • Create something - artwork, coloring, writing

Spiritual Self-Care

  • Practice Mindfulness and/or other meditations
    • Use washing hands as a mindful moment: A loving kindness meditation may look like "May we be healthy, may we grow from this experience, may we learn whatever lessons this teacher is teaching us, may we be well." Repeat for 20 seconds
  • Aromatherapy
  • If you're religious, consider reaching out to your religious community for support and connection

Emotional Self-Care

  • Keep things in perspective
    • Crises are typically time limited
    • We're thinking about today and the next couple of weeks, not how are we going to deal with this forever
  • Read your favorite book or watch a favorite television show
  • Journal about your current experiences
  • Compile a photo album
  • Coloring (e.g. paint by number, adult coloring books)
  • Create a song playlist that brings you joy
  • Play with a pet
  • Take an extra-long bath or shower

Physical Self-Care

  • Develop a calming sleep routine (e.g. drink non-caffeinated tea, turn off electronics 30 minutes before bed, take hot shower, read a book)
  • Maintain a daily routine to help you feel productive and busy
  • Make plans for the future to create fun anticipation (e.g. plan your dream vacation)
  • If possible, get out of the house and take a walk
  • Yoga, stretch, or weight routine
  • Cook a meal and maintain a routine eating schedule
  • Re-arrange your room

Social Self-Care

  • Limit your social media consumption
  • Do random acts of kindness toward others
  • Take a virtual museum tour to help feel that you are away from your current location
  • Connect with others via text message, social media, phone call
  • Set boundaries
    • Walk away when feeling increasing anger or defensiveness
    • Set time limits to conversations with others