During this volatile time in the markets, I found this message, sent to patients at Stanford to be really helpful. It also has some practical ideas.
Stay healthy and I hope you find this useful.
Platforms like Calm and Headspace have made content free and available. Please do not underestimate the power of taking even 10 minutes to practice any one of these simple, brief meditation practices to center yourself:
Experiencing a range of difficult emotions and learning to accept them from moment to moment is key. We are all finding ways to manage the greater uncertainty we are living with right now. It is natural to experience grief, fear, sorrow, or even anger. These feelings do not have to swamp you.
Here is an article on coping with fear written in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris; while that was a different threat, there are some pearls on coping with this difficult emotional state that is with so many of us at this time:
Another good resource is the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation:
Tips for Shelter-in-Place
Below are some practical ideas for living with both your illness experience and “shelter in place.”
Structure your day – it does not have to be rigid, but it is important for you to have a daily plan and a schedule. Write it down. This applies to everyone, including families with children, or people living alone, or caregivers.
In the structured day, choose at least 1 activity that is:
1) Meaningful – Choose something that aligns with your core values, even a small act of service, prayer, or a small part of a project with a goal that matters to you. Meaningful activities can be a good support.
2) Physical – Focus on what you CAN do, not what you cannot, or used to do. Try some stretching, calisthenics or getting your steps around your house. There are many videos and resources online for home exercises as tolerated and approved by your provider.
3) Bright – Get some light, even if the day is overcast. Natural light or a light box, especially in the morning is key. Remember you are on “shelter in place,” but most cities allow solitary outdoor walking, or you can sit by a window or on a deck. If you use a light box it should be 10,000-lux at about 16 to 24 inches from your face 30 minutes a day.
4) Pleasurable – Schedule an extended activity you enjoy on purpose. Watch a funny show, a home dance program, sing, cook, or meet with a friend on a video chat.
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