Pushing through the tough times, the long work hours or the isolation can be trying – and sometimes feel impossible.
Kimberly Delbo is a 25-year veteran of the health care industry and co-founder of Radiant & Resilient Leadership, a company designed to give support to health care workers.
These are her recommendations to help us stay mentally and physically healthy – especially during COVID-19:
- Take time for yourself. Take a break from thinking about COVID-19. Enjoy nature. Take a walk. Intentionally relax.
- Take a break from news and social media. Be careful of information overload.
- Connect with family and friends. Even health care workers who can’t visit with their family in person should take advantage of video chat, or instant messaging.
- Watch a funny movie. Humor is the best medicine.
- Eat nutritious food. High stress can decrease immunity. Consume food that builds the immune system – such as citrus green veggies, yogurt, turmeric.
- Meditation. Sit in a quiet area and think about things that are positive. Yoga. Deep breathing. Praying.
- Talk to people. Find people you feel comfortable talking to who will give you a safe place to express your feelings.
- Practice gratitude. Tell others how you are thankful for them and the things you are thankful for. When you wash your hands, think of three things you are thankful for.
- Ask other people for help. Make a list of things that people can do for you. Ask people to donate masks, drop off meals, help with your children.
- Be positive. The COVID-19 pandemic will not go on forever. There is a healthier tomorrow that you can look forward to.