During times of war, self-care offers a valuable way to maintain personal well-being amid challenging circumstances. It is a means of finding moments of peace and preserving one's humanity in the midst of uncertainty.
Here are some self-care tips that you may find helpful during these unprecedented times:
C – Connect with Loved Ones: Reach out to family and friends for support. Sharing your thoughts and feelings can provide comfort and reduce isolation.
A – Appreciate Yourself: Be compassionate and kind to yourself, acknowledging your own needs.
R – Reflect Regularly: Engage in self-reflection and journal your thoughts and emotions.
E – Engage in Respite: Take regular breaks and prioritize time off to rest and recharge.
F – Focus on Physical Well-Being: Maintain a healthy diet, exercise, and get adequate sleep.
O – Opt for Mindfulness and Relaxation: Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques to manage stress. Click here for some helpful meditations for difficult times.
R – Retain routines: Try to establish a daily routine that includes regular meals, exercise, and sleep. Structure can provide a sense of stability in chaotic times.
S – Seek Professional Help If Necessary: If your emotional and mental well-being deteriorates significantly, don't hesitate to seek professional help from a mental health professional. Please email JCSsupport@jbfcs.org if you are in need of support.
E – Engage in Hobbies and Interests: Participate in creative activities you enjoy, such as art, music, or writing. These can be a form of self-expression and a welcome distraction.
L – Limit Exposure: Stay informed but avoid excessive exposure to distressing news and social media.
F – Find Ways to Support Others: Helping others can be therapeutic. If you're able, offer support to your community or volunteer.
Remember that self-care is not a luxury but a necessity during challenging times. By recalling “CARE FOR SELF,” you can remember these important self-care strategies. It's crucial to prioritize your well-being to better navigate the stress and uncertainty associated with war and uncertainty.
A Message from The Jewish Board
If you live in the New York metropolitan area and need help coping with stress in times of crisis, we can help. Call us at 1.844.ONE.CALL to speak with an intake specialist.