Stay centered during the coronavirus outbreak
With the shelter-in-place order now mandatory statewide, it’s fair to say that all of our routines have been thrown out of whack and that many of us are experiencing dramatic changes in our social lives.
To help get a handle on how to weather this transition, the University of California newsroom sat down with Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., science director of the Greater Good Science Center. In a short, animated Instagram story, Emiliana shares her sage advice.
Don’t use Instagram? Here are three key takeaways:
- Try to think of our current status as “physical distancing” rather than “social distancing” — it’s still possible to stay connected with friends and loved ones to offer support, share ideas and strengthen connections.
- Embrace technology: From phone and text to email and video chats, there are many ways to stay connected.
- If you feel stressed by the news and uncertainty, reflect upon things that you are grateful for and engage in activities that are predictable and calming — like reading and crafts.
Follow the University of California on Instagram for more topical and fun stories and photos. And, check out the Greater Good’s guide to well-being during coronavirus.Tags: coronavirus, mental health, resilience