• KJM

Supportive Ideas During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

How are you feeling? How have you been coping in these unprecedented times with the coronavirus (COVID-19)? Life in general can be challenging enough without throwing an added layer of a nation-wide epidemic on top of things.

While we can't fully understand why the coronavirus has happened, it is so important to take care of ourselves, mentally and emotionally, regardless of what's going on around us.

Our mental health consists of how our mind understands and processes things: thoughts, beliefs, and actions. Our emotional health is how we express and manage our feelings, for example, feelings of happiness or sadness and how we react to them.

We are the bus drivers of our own experiences based on our beliefs, whether they are positive, negative or in between. While we are driving that bus it is very important to take care of ourselves along the way. Like taking time to eat healthy snacks and meals and drink plenty of water. If we make a healthy food choice instead of grabbing fast food at a drive-up window, it gives us a tremendous head start to an overall feeling of well-being.

Getting 7 plus hours of sleep is restorative to the body and helps our minds have clear thinking and focus.

As we go about our day, practice being kind and saying positive statements - to both others and to ourselves. Being supportive and saying something nice to boost someone's self esteem goes a long way toward feeling good ourselves. And, let's not forget, being grateful. Throughout our day, say thank you for any and all things in our lives, however big or small they are. It sure feels much better to be thankful then to focus on the negatives.

As the virus continues to be present, let's practice being our best selves. Give a phone call to our neighbors to see how they are doing. Call an elderly person you know who lives alone. Stay in touch with our family and friends.

If you would like to make an appointment, please get in touch with me at 413-768-2221 or email at I'm here to talk about any of your concerns or to just listen. - KJ

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