A Coronavirus Care Package: Care For Yourself, Others and Still Have Fun
I'm not usually an anxious person but these last few weeks have really tested that I'm having to learn a lot of new self care skills to stay productive and frankly to stay happy nasty. Ivanovskaya has been my guiding for how to keep chill. She's an arts and culture editor at Kikuchi and asked her to share some tips. Welcome NASTYA thinks Alluvia. Okay so let's get into your tips. What do you think are the most important things that people can do to basically just keep chill during the stressful time? Well a good one to start with is really limit. Your information taken your exposure to the news reader reliable fact based reporting to keep yourself informed like but don't feel like you have to read everything that's out there and especially if it's stressing you out and giving wings -iety feel free to take a walk. Read a book off your phone. Your computer turn off notifications and just take a break. I saw advice somewhere to try to limit what you were doing after eight PM and at least last night I slept great. I didn't wake up with anxiety dreams or anything like that so so that was a piece of advice that worked for me. That's a super good tip to all right. So what else do you have for us? So there's only so much time you can spend sitting down. Just make sure to take walks outside. Run if you can also hiking is still allowed as long as you stay at least six feet away from other people and then also there's such a wealth of Free Yoga and fitness classes on Youtube to take advantage Speaking of Yoga these are really high anxiety times for people. And there's a free meditation really like to use called inside timer. I love free resources now. Aside from sort of you know taking time to meditate. What if I'm just missing people in my life so just for socializing definitely? Don't forget to schedule. A facetime call. Zoom calls with your friends. Some of my friends have been getting really creative on it. Like I have a few friends that had Kariuki on zoom. I WANNA do have parties with my friends. You can also do a book club where everyone reads the same book or even watch the same movie and talks about it on facetime but also don't forget to check on people that might be isolated whether they're sick or elderly were they have an immune disorder or another underlying condition. That makes it especially risky for them to go outside right now. Call those people. Make sure that they know that you're thinking about them. Maybe even offer to bring them supplies a few cannon. If that's safe and take people up on their offers to help to don't feel like you have to do it all on your own. Yeah there are some really amazing stories out there of neighbors helping neighbors and I WANNA pause real quick to share a story from Berkeley of two people who have found that even in catastrophe you can grow closer together. I'm in my eightieth year. I'm trying to ease into it. Gradually accept nothing is easy right now. Believe me there was a general location that was provided in the clearing house spreadsheet but it did not have an address site had to do a little bit of smoothing. I'm Laura X from The women's History Library and the national clearinghouse marital and date rape. Hi I'm eager trickled in Berkeley and I'm also one of those folks with the compromised. Immune System I was trying to figure out how I could be a net positive for my community and I went through the list of neighbors. Cool ask for various kinds of support and just in case. I ended up sending each of them an email. I began to remember standing there in the eighth grade. Waiting to be chosen at a dance conduct the horror of that. Oh God all those terrible school girl memories we're coming back and then any Gore stepped up turned out that she is quite a legend and a telltale sign was that she had her own wikipedia page. She has been an icon of the feminist movement. I have been very moved and so many people just moved to tears by people's offered all we ended up getting for about two weeks or of supplies and leave. Were able to still exercise the six feet of prescribed social distancing at the door. We ended up having a really great conversation on the porch of her house. I actually have been to where he was born in Ukraine and so it was all kind of fun for me. That just goes to show sometimes small acts of kindness. You might end up meeting lifelong fans people. I thought to myself. Wow a lot of people in Burghley. Ten meet this way. Cigarette thing made me feel better. It gave me a sense of larger purpose. Really really special. And you know you don't really quite know how to articulate the Malays until something different happened. There are hundreds if not thousands of neighbors just like the Internet has been really helpful for these kinds of efforts but eager says they're trying to figure out ways that they can let neighbors who aren't online know that they have support nearby. Okay Nasty. I know you've got one more tip for us. Yes just make sure that you're doing stuff to keep yourself stimulated an occupier brain. I personally love to listen to podcasts. Snap judgment is one of my favorites. It's a storytelling show. That does not have to today's news so it's a good way to get your mind off things also to a great chance to learn a new skill or training new craft crossword puzzles or games. And then there's a free APP Be where with your library card. You can borrow you. Books audiobooks and also a lot of artists are getting on instagram. Live till five stream. There are concerts or sometimes classes like the indie rock artist. Talent the get down. Stay down as having a instagram. Live sessions for kids this week. It seems like every hour. I'm seeing something new and cool that people are doing to create online community and offer something positive for others.