By Michael Diller, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist and Director, Employee Assistance Program, WellSpan
Thanksgiving is less than a two-week isolation period away, and the pandemic is worsening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new small household gathering considerations due to their contribution to the rise in COVID-19 cases. The holiday is going to be different this year, but don’t let pandemic fatigue get the best of you.
Holiday stress coupled with pandemic stress and the resulting uncertainty all contribute to rising anxiety. While natural and to be expected, we want calm in the midst of this uncertainty. Now more than ever it’s important to stay grounded in up-to-date factual information. Get news and facts from reliable sources including the CDC Coronavirus webpage and the PA Department of Health website. Follow their guidelines for proactive, preventative measures for self-care and other-care. Another way to help create calm for you and your family is to follow the tips provided in the Wellspan five-part series, Coping Strategies for the COVID-19 Crisis. These short video clips cover the following:
- Introduction: A time like no other; you are not alone.
- Staying Connected: Importance of positive support; virtual check and connect.
- Three Tips to Keep You Grounded: Keep a daily routine; take breaks with intention; do something physical.
- Three Keys to Self-care: Find time for self; focus on what you can control; laugh.
- Watch What You’re Watching – Limit Media: Rely on a few trusted resources; limit internet and social media; even positive stories can be emotionally exhausting.
Using these tips can help you handle these trying times in a way that is healthy. Remember, we are all in this together – give yourself permission to reach out and connect.
For more information, contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact a member of the Murray Benefits Team at 717.397.9600.
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