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Self-Care in Uncertain Times

Editor's note: We are continually updating this article to maintain up-to-date information on COVID-19. The last update to this article was made on February 11, 2021.

Self-care might sound like a buzzword, but in the face of pandemics and natural disasters, it’s downright necessary. There is a fine balance between protecting your physical health and guarding your mental and emotional well-being. Too much research can send us into a panic, but not enough can leave us vulnerable. Find the balance that works for you, and don’t forget to reach out to your CF care team about any specific risks and precautions. If you’re dealing with unmanageable stress, share that as well. Right now and always, mental health matters.

How do I stay informed about COVID-19?

It’s easy to say “find a trustworthy source,” but how do you know where to look? We’ve picked a few go-to links to get started. If you have specific questions about your health, be sure to check in with your healthcare team.

General resources

Updates

Managing stress & anxiety

Take some time to check-in with yourself. Are you feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or drained? Think about what would help in managing those feelings. What will help you recharge? Call up an old friend, watch your favorite comedy special, or check out an online chat.

Maintain connections

As you all know, social distancing is necessary, and we hope everyone is taking this seriously. But, this kind of isolation can be damaging to our mental health. Take time to connect with others in a safe way to talk about something other than the news.

  • Play virtual games or watch a movie in sync with your friends
  • Join an online group for your favorite hobby
  • Call up an old friend and catch up
  • Click the button below to share how you're managing your stress & anxieties

How do you manage stress & anxiety during times of uncertainty?
 

Focus on your health

If the news is fueling anxiety, step away for a little while. Try dedicating a certain amount of time to one relaxing activity, if you can. It might sound silly, but you can even set a timer!

  • Move your body! Even a little yoga or some body weight exercises in your living room can help.
  • Try a new recipe. When you’re stuck at home, an adventurous meal can break up the routine.
  • Go back to the old favorites - a childhood TV show, a classic movie, something familiar that helps you feel grounded.
  • Pick up a new hobby - especially something you’ve been meaning to try and haven't had the chance to.
  • Finish that project - art, home repair, whatever you’ve been working on.

And remember, there is no shame in asking for support! If you’re having trouble coping on your own and have access to a mental health professional, consider reaching out to them - some are available via video chat or text.

What do you do to relax when you’re feeling overwhelmed? Tell us in the comments!

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