On days that are hard, focus on what is most important, you. The long list of things that need to get done or people to contact can wait. You have to take care of yourself and prioritize your health and wellbeing. Somedays are about surviving and that is ok.
If you are finding yourself anxious, overwhelmed, or scared it can be helpful to focus on your breath. Take a moment to sit still, close your eyes, and breathe. Try to breath slowly. If it’s difficult to get your mind to relax try counting to six as you breathe in and out.
You may not feel like it but it is important to eat, even if it is in small amount, even if it’s not a full rounded diet. Without food the effects on your body will have consequences in all areas of your life including your mental health.
Just as food is needed so is fluid. If you aren’t thirsty still take small sips throughout the day. Something is better than nothing.
We are social creatures and if we do not engage with others for an extended period of time we struggle. Even a five-minute phone call can do you good. You don’t have to share how you are feeling if you don’t want to.
Go for a walk
You don’t have to make it a long one but getting your body moving can reduce anxiety and stress, as well as help you sleep better at night.
Sleep is a basic need that is often overlooked in times of stress. If you are tired, sleep. If you aren’t tired, still try and sleep.