Take Care!

We all experience stress and can learn to manage it better through some basic daily preventative care.

Take some time and try out the steps below. Make a plan to do this each and every day.

Unwind

Take care of your body

Connect

Practice gratitude

Set reasonable goals

Get the facts!

Unwind

Take time each day to relax and unwind. Try to engage in activities and hobbies you enjoy every day. Engaging in enjoyable activities offers an important outlet for pleasure, fun, and creativity.

Breathe2Relax

Stress management  |  Apple  |  Android

Belly Bio

Biofeedback – diaphragmatic breathing  |  Apple

My Life

Check in and meditation  |  Apple  |  Android

Colorish

Anti-stress coloring book  |  Android

Mindfulness Coach

Free mindfulness practices  |  Apple  |  Android

Stop, Breathe & Think

Guided meditations  |  VISIT

The Breathing Butterfly

Basic breathing  |  Apple

Play a game

Vibrant games library  |  Apple  |  Android

Read a book

Downloadable books  |  Apple  |  Android  |  Microsoft

iNaturalist

Enjoy nature  |  Apple  |  Android

Connect

Talk with people you trust about your concerns, how you are feeling, and share how you are managing day-to-day. Digital tools can help keep you stay connected with friends, family, and neighbors when you aren’t able to see them in person. Follow social distancing guidelines so that you can visit with people safely in person.

If you need to, use your preferred video conferencing system to connect with your family and friends like Google Meet, Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype. Many are free and have on-line tutorials to help you learn how to use them.

Set reasonable goals 

Mastering something, even something very simple, can help us to feel more in control of our day-to-day lives. Find something that you can do from start to finish every day, no matter how small the task. Decide what must get done today and what can wait. Priorities may shift to reflect changes in schedules and routines and that is okay. Recognize what you have accomplished at the end of the day.

You can set some goals for yourself in a journal or by using an app like Strides.

Strides

Track Habits + SMART Goals  |  Apple

Take care of your body

Eat well, exercise each day, get plenty of rest, and be careful not to overuse alcohol and drugs. Remember that exercise can be any kind of physical activity (walking, gardening, yard work) as long as it gets your body moving. Follow your treatment plan, if you have one, and take medications as prescribed. When we treat our body well, we are better able to manage stressful life events.

You can get exercise right now using the 7 Minute Workout (gets you moving no matter where you are).

7 Minute Workout

Exercise activity  | Apple  |  Android

My Fitness Pal

Exercise and diet  |  Apple    |  Android  |  VISIT

Practice gratitude

Finding a way to support someone else with a telephone call, note, or needed supplies, supports your own well-being and the well-being of your community. End the day by journaling or talking about what you are grateful for. You can also try using an on-line gratitude journal.

Grateful: A Gratitude Journal

Focus on what truly matters  |  Apple

Get the facts!

Sharing the facts about COVID-19 and understanding the actual risk to yourself and people you care about can make an outbreak less stressful. Vermont’s Department of Health is providing daily updates about COVID-19 in our state and how to keep you and your family safe. Get information from the source! You will feel better knowing the information you have is current and correct.

Be sure to take breaks from the news! Overexposure to the news, even if the information is correct, can make your stress worse.

Set aside periods of time each day during which you close your news and social media feeds and turn off the TV. Give yourself some time and space to think about something other than COVID-19. Set limits on how much time you spend talking about the pandemic. Be sure to explore the other things you enjoy.

Additionally, you can monitor your tech use.  

Social Fever

Stop smartphone addiction  |  Android

COVID-19 Guidance for Vermont Schools

Guidance on sending children and youth to school  |  VISIT

COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center

Resources for businesses, individuals and communities VISIT

Create your own Daily Stress Management Plan and commit to improving your overall health.

Daily Stress Management Plan

Download your own Daily Stress Management Plan | PDF

Who we are

COVID Support VT helps people cope with the pandemic through education, emotional support and connections to community services that promote resilience, empowerment and recovery.

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Supporting Vermonters to lead healthy and satisfying lives community by community.

EMAIL: Info@COVIDSupportVT.org

OFFICE: 802.828.7368

Who we are

COVID Support VT offers self-help tips, resources, and a way to connect to existing mental health and community services.

Get COVID Support VT updates

Supporting Vermonters to lead healthy and satisfying lives community by community.

EMAIL: Info@COVIDSupportVT.org

OFFICE: 802.828.7368

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