Caring for yourself
How to take care of yourself if you are infected
- Let an expert guide you through this-consult a doctor and follow-up with treatment
- Remember it’s okay to feel anxious or fearful, but it’s important to reach for medical assistance and trust information only from credible resources
- List down your needs- physical (medicines, nutritious diet, sleep, etc.), emotional (like interacting virtually with loved ones), mental (daily activities for engagement while isolating)-and reach out to people who can help
- Monitor your symptoms and track recovery
- Keep resources (emergency numbers, etc.) and a plan of action ready for if and when symptoms might aggravate
- Include relaxation exercises in your quarantine routine and look out for triggers to regulate or minimize added stress
- Maintain a journal and reflect upon your daily positive experiences before sleep time
- Even in isolation, try following a routine to maintain familiarity
How to take care of yourself when you are not infected with COVID-19:
- Narrow the exposure to news and social media in a day
- Take up hobbies – existing or develop new one(s)
- Try to engage in any physical activity each day. It can be as minimum as a 10-minute walk.
- Try to fix a time in day for virtual socialization.
- Celebrate little achievements and wins- you deserve it!
- Stop multitasking and focus on breathing for some time.
- Try Butterfly Hugs: cross both arms over your chest, placing hands over each shoulder, Tap shoulders gently with each hand, alternating hands between each tap. Continue doing until you feel relaxed.