Get out of your pajamas and get dressed, even if you don’t have anywhere to go. How we look can influence our mood, and showers can increase our energy level.
Create and maintain a daily schedule, to the extent possible, including going to bed and waking up at around the same time. In addition to making time for school work, be sure to make time for self-care.
8:00 pm Connect with others/Watch something funny/Listen to music
10:30 pm Sleep
Although it is important to keep social connections and check in on relatives and friends, it is also crucial to give yourself a break from technology. For a good night’s rest, put your phone away at least 30 minutes before bedtime and avoid checking it during the night. You could even choose to charge your phone in another room to avoid temptation.
Avoid over-exposure to the news. While you want to stay informed and aware of any news updates, it can be upsetting to read/hear about the crisis repeatedly.
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While this is a difficult time, it is important to remind yourself to stay in the moment. The current situation is only temporary and will pass. Soon enough, we will return to the freedom, safety, and social connectedness we have become accustomed to.
Call 911 for police assistance if the situation is life threatening or if it looks like someone may get hurt.
If you have a therapist or counselor, reach out for help. They may be available for sessions online or by phone. If you are taking medication, keep up with it, and be sure to continue communicating with your psychiatrist or doctor.