Self-Care During the COVID-19 Closure

Posted on March 19, 2020
Categories: Uncategorized

We recognize that the current global pandemic has caused increased stress for you and your families. The SLA Staff has compiled some self-care tips for our community. If you are experiencing significant levels of stress, sadness or anxiety, please reach out to your advisor, Ms. Siswick and/or a mental health professional. You can always text the Crisis Text Line at 741741 at any time.

The below list of self-care strategies is just a start. Of course, always be sure to refer to the CDC Guidelines when engaging in any activity.

  • Get outside — responsibly! Cycling and running/walking are doable while maintaining “social distancing.” Activities with family member (having a catch, family soccer game) are also acceptable.
  • Do those things you have been wanting to do, but never seem to have time (try a new recipe, organize your closet….)
  • MOVE! Physical and mental health are closely intertwined.
    • Lots of fitness sites are offering free classes now. Check out a list here.  YouTube is your friend too.
    • Download a fitness app (ie. 7 Minute Workout, Down Dog Yoga, Just Six Weeks, Runkeeper) and do it every day.
  • Social media is ok! It’s a safe way to stay connected to friends and family while social distancing.
  • Talk to friends/family via Hangouts, Facetime, etc.
  • Be creative (check out this link for some Philly-themed crafts.)
  • Know yourself. What works for you? Music, board games, books, drawing — all those healthy activities you wish you did more of but could never find the time for before.
  • Build a routine of some sort, with things you like and things you know you need to do. Don’t go overboard but try and build one or two things you’re going to do at the same time every day.
  • Take advantage of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s resources: movies, books, and magazines directly to your phone or tablet!

We wish all of you the best during this challenging time and look forward to seeing you during a safer time.