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How are you feeling today?

How do you cope?

News of a widespread public health concern like COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can present new or unique challenges and with information changing daily, it can be difficult to maintain feeling your best.

You may be working from home, or maybe your facility is closed. Or, maybe you are on the front lines keeping essential services running. Meanwhile, the whole family is home together, you’re doing the distance learning and trying to keep an eye on the kids so they’re doing their schoolwork. How do you cope?

Here are a few healthy ways to cope with the pandemic.

First, go for a walk at a time that works for you. Maybe go on a bike ride over lunch hour; even though you’re working from home, it will help keep an at-work routine. Whatever works for you, move your body. It will help.

Second, have you ever tried guided meditation? I know, maybe not your usual go-to! But seriously, it’s a good way to bring yourself into the present and breathe and just be aware of what your body is doing. Meditation is simpler to do than what many think. In fact, it can be as simple as breathing! Try the breathing exercise on this meQuilibrium resource page.

Third, listen to music! Music can have a profound effect on both the emotions and the body. Faster music can make you feel more alert and concentrate better. Upbeat music can make you feel more optimistic and positive about life.

A slower tempo can quiet your mind and relax your muscles, making you feel soothed while releasing the stress of the day. Read more and try out some music therapy with this link.

Finally, find one thing to be grateful for. That can be really hard when you have financial stress or when you have anxiety about the future, but if you can, find just one thing to be grateful for and then say it out loud. It’ll feel unnatural at first, but then it starts to become a little more comfortable: ”I’m grateful to offer help to our employees.” That’s mine today.