Let’s be honest — dealing with life in the midst of a pandemic is incredibly difficult. Not only is it more complicated to see friends and family members, but for many, work is also a massive challenge. For some, it’s adjusting to the new dynamic of working from home and trying to maintain a work/life balance. For others, it’s masking up and going into work every day in order to bring home a paycheck. Others still are doing the hard work of looking for a new job because they have lost theirs.

The question is this: what are you doing to take care of yourself every day? We’ve written before about practicing self-care during COVID, but in today’s post, we’d like to recommend three practical things you can do on a daily basis to help recenter yourself. Keep reading to learn more, and if you need to speak with a therapist, contact us today to schedule an online session.

Set Aside Time for Hobbies

No matter what, it’s important to feed your mind. In other words, the things that you’re passionate about are what keep you going, and because we’re in the middle of COVID, it’s more important than ever to focus on the things that give you joy.

Whether it’s watching movies each night, going for bike rides, drawing, sewing, fishing, or anything else, it’s important to be intentional about setting aside time to do what you love. 

Get Enough Sleep

Even under the best of circumstances, getting a full night of sleep is often a challenge. It’s more important now than ever, so do your best to make it a point to get enough sleep so that you wake up relaxed and refreshed in the morning.

Having a hard time getting to sleep? Try taking a warm shower, drinking a cup of tea, or meditating before bed. In many instances, it just takes some time to find the right combination of things that will have you sleeping like a baby all through the night.

Disconnect

In this day and age, being connected to everyone is both a blessing and a curse. It’s wonderful to sign into social media to see what the people you care about are up to, but needless to say, experiencing a pandemic in an election year can be overwhelming when you’re online.

Our advice? Don’t hesitate to disconnect for awhile. Whether that means deleting social media apps that are causing more frustration than connection or setting a rule for yourself that you won’t look at your phone after a certain time of day, the truth is that focusing inward rather than outward can make a world of difference. If you’re finding yourself frustrated, angry, and confused more than you’re finding peace or connection, try putting your phone or tablet away, even for a couple of nights. See how you feel and adjust accordingly!

Schedule Online Counseling Today

When it comes down to it, one of the best things you can do if you’re having a hard time is to speak with a professional therapist. At Two Rivers Therapy in Portland, we strive to offer professional, personal, effective counseling that meets you where you are and addresses the issues you’re experiencing in a meaningful way. No matter what you’re going through, you don’t have to go through it alone. You deserve to know that someone is there for you when you need help, so whether you’d like to talk through problems at work, issues in your relationships, stressful experiences, or something else entirely, Two Rivers Counseling is the place to turn.

Each session with Dr. Jeffrey Post-Holmberg utilizes a combination of emotionally focused therapy, narrative therapy, attachment theory, and trauma reprocessing to help you through your journey. Of course, because in-person counseling sessions are difficult right now, we’re pleased to offer tele-counseling options to help you get the attention you need.

At the end of the day, if you’re struggling to process life during COVID, you’re not alone. Luckily, if you’d like the help of an experienced counselor, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us today to schedule a phone consultation or book your appointment online. We look forward to speaking with you!