Watching so many people take self-isolation and physical distancing seriously has been awesome. But just because we’re all in for the greater good doesn’t make this whole thing any easier.

Do you know what is easy though? Diving headfirst into video game marathons, swiping TikTok, and binge-watching Netflix. But recently, some very smart people are suggesting that might not be in our best interest during this current pandemic.

Here are some tips to help you take care of yourself through this time…

Get plenty of sleep, eat as healthy, exercise, and get some fresh air

There’s nothing revolutionary about these suggestions, but making sure we’re doing the basics is going to be really important for putting us in the best position to help others when they need us!

Stay in touch

It may be tempting, but now is not the time to withdraw. We’re in this together so it’s important to stay connected to your family and friends. Mix it up by scheduling times to talk or be completely spontaneous with reaching out.

Set goals and share them with others

In addition to making positive lifestyle choices, now’s the perfect time to read that book, learn an instrument or experiment with a hobby. Moving forward might feel difficult, but don’t feel bad. Whether it’s eating healthy, exercising or picking up a hobby, your odds at following through will get better if you let others know about your goals. So share them with a friend or on social and you’ll get a little bit of extra motivation.

And if you find it’s all just too much…

Reach out to friends or family and let them know how you are feeling. And if you are in crisis, text ‘TALK’ to 686868. It’s a service provided by Crisis Text Line and there will be someone who can chat with you 24 hours a day.

Normally, we’re focused on how you can help others. But right now, self-care is crucial—after all, you need to be in a good place for when others need you!

Together, we can and will make a difference.

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