Considering the chaotic time we are currently in, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by the news and social media; however, it is important that we all take care of ourselves mentally and physically during this trying time. Stop and check in with yourself, and ask “How did I sleep?” “Am I eating right?” “Am I staying active?” “Am I doing something I enjoy?”
While it is recommended that we all act responsibly during this “Stay home, stay safe” order and practice social distancing, we should still make time to get out and get some fresh air. Here are some suggestions for self-care activities:
- Going for a peaceful walk – Even if it’s just for five minutes, walking is a great way to calm down if you begin to feel anxious or overwhelmed.
- Practice mindfulness – Find a quiet room in your home and use guided meditation/mindfulness apps such as Headspace, Stop, Breathe & Think, Abide, or YouTube to help clear your mind.
- Use a creative outlet – Whether it’s indulging in a preexisting hobby or finding a new one, activities like painting, journaling, playing an instrument, or writing music can be relaxing and fun ways to engage actively. Cooking, baking, knitting, and embroidering are also nice options as they are fulfilling, and you can share the tasks and products with the people you love!
- Find a community of people that you trust – During this difficult time, building a support network is important to sustain connections. There are many virtual platforms and supports available, such as Wayne County SAFE. When looking online, it is important to find one that suits you and your needs.
Taking these extra steps to prioritize yourself plays a large part in your coping and healing process. You are not alone and there are people that care about you and want to help! If you are a survivor of sexual violence in need of resources or someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to call our main office line at 313-964-9701 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm). Our crisis pager is also available for those seeking information about medical exams: 313-430-8000 (24 hours).
Ms. Mykaiya is a dual enrolled college freshman at Oakland Early College. She is working on two degrees at OCC, one in science with an emphasis on biology and one in Art with an emphasis on Art history. In her spare time she works as an SI at school and likes to design clothes.