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Coping with Coronavirus – Helpful Strategies

Coping with Coronavirus – Helpful Strategies

The rapid spread of Coronavirus has changed the world  forever.


As we watched the outbreak of Coronavirus in China from afar, who could have predicted that in a few short weeks it would extend to New Zealand and change the way we live so significantly?  It really is a strange time, one of uncertainty and anxiety for so many.


While the country is currently adapting to a new way of life, it is one that is familiar to the families True Colours support.  When a child has a serious health condition, life can change overnight.  Families learn to live with the unknown, they often have to adopt strong infection controls and can feel isolated from the rest of the world.  We know how important it is to have good supports around you and good strategies in place to “keep standing”  when faced with adversity.


We hope these strategies help as you navigate the impact of  Coronavirus on your world.

Helpful Strategies

FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL
There is a lot happening that you can’t control so try focusing on what you DO have control over – your thoughts, actions and routines.   Now is the time to focus on the things that really matter.

BE KIND TO OTHERS AND YOURSELF
Remember we are in extraordinary times.  It’s OK to not feel OK, to be anxious, or to not be productive as you would like.Don’t put unnecessary or unrealistic expectations on yourself or others.


CREATE A ROUTINE
While your days may look different, having a daily routine will help you and your brain (that loves predictability) to feel safe.  Try sticking to regular routines for meal times, bedtime, exercise etc

CONNECTIONS
Keep connected with friends and family to reduce feelings of isolation.  Humans are social beings so it’s important to keep up your connections with others.  Get creative – try Skype or Zoom, Messenger, House Party App or just ring someone.  Chat to your neighbour from a safe distance.


LIMIT YOUR EXPOSURE TO THE NEWS
If you are feeling overwhelmed look at limiting how much and how often you are consuming information about Covid-19.  Constantly surrounding yourself with Covid-19 news and thoughts may not be good for your mental health.

PRACTICE SELF-CARE
Taking care of yourself should always be a priority.  Think about getting the basics right.  Focus on getting a good nights sleep, eating a nutritional diet and moving your body everyday.  Get outside and breathe in some fresh air.  Do the small things that make you feel good – take a long bath, paint your nails, spend

PRACTICE SELF-CARE
Taking care of yourself should always be a priority.  Think about getting the basics right.  Focus on getting a good nights sleep, eating a nutritional diet and moving your body everyday.  Get outside and breathe in some fresh air.  Do the small things that make you feel good – take a long bath, paint your nails, spend



 

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