Tips for Mental Resilience during COVID-19:
1. Gratitude Journal – Write a list of things you are grateful for, write as many things as you can and review the list when times are tough.
2. Reach Out to Others– Staying connected with others is important to your well being. Though right now it may be difficult to spend time in person with those who matter most, you can still remain connected through phone calls, video calls, emails, text messages and even writing letters.
3. Start with a Stop – For two minutes before getting out of bed in the morning, look forward and look back- run through your day in your head without attaching judgement. Then identify something positive within your day or that you are looking forward to. Before going to sleep, stop and look back on your day with gratitude.
4. Set a Routine – So much has changed in our lives recently and it is easy to feel like overwhelmed by it all. In order to resume a sense of normalcy, it is important to keep a schedule as similar to your previous routine as possible.
5. Start a New Habit– Crashing into a diet or a starting an intense workout can be difficult to maintain. This can lead to feelings of failure. To avoid this, select one small aspect of your life you want to tackle first. For example, instead of a goal of running 20 miles a week, start with running twice a week.
6. Take time for yourself– It can be difficult to find time to relax when you’re To Do List is never ending. Carving out even five to ten minutes each day to read, or relax, can greatly reduce stress to a level that prevents derogatory physical outcomes.
Why are these tips here?
At Resilience, Inc. we promote a Social Emotional Learning program for K-12 schools to teach mental and emotional resilience. As we pursue the grind of improving an entire system, we hope to capitalize on the chance to make small improvements along the way that improve the mental health of everyone we come into contact with along the way.
Please read this list with the thought of adopting just one habit to help improve your own mental and emotional resilience. It might take us years to deploy a SEL program to every school in the country, but if you adopt just one habit above, we have made an immediate impact. Even if you are a seasoned professional, this list can help you.
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