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Coping in Uncertain Times
We know our members have lived through challenging and uncertain times in their lives. You are a resilient bunch! Even so, in these days of COVID-19, it’s not surprising that many of us are feeling restless, lonely or powerless. Here are some tips for coping during this time.
Be well-informed, but don’t overdo it. Avoid leaving the TV on 24/7: A constant stream of news could add to any anxiety you’re feeling. Better to pick a few trusted sources and specific times to check them and leave it at that.
Keep to your daily routines as much as possible. Get up and go to bed at your regular times, and walk the dog like usual. Taking care of yourself is more important than ever so eat healthy meals and be physically active. Take time out of every day to do something you enjoy.
Stay connected. Keep your weekly lunch date with a friend but “meet up” by phone or email. And while no technology is yet as good as being with our family or friends, using technology that lets you see and talk with them real-time can be the next best thing. Many are free and easy to use: Try FaceTime and Google Hangouts Meet.
Remember, we’re all in this together. Sometimes just sharing feelings with a friend or family member is enough of a reminder. If you need more, call your doctor’s office, or check if your plan allows you to talk with a mental health specialist without a referral. There are also many online support communities and emotional support hotlines. Here are two: