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Who knew that COVID-19 would keep us in a constant state of crisis for so long? Listen to today’s podcast for seven hacks for taking care of yourself during a crisis.
Do You Know How to Take Care of Yourself During a Crisis?
They certainly don’t teach this stuff in school. I had to learn from the school of hard knocks (aka Cancer Caregiving University) what happens if you don’t take care of yourself during a crisis.
Back in 2002, my husband received a non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis in April, and the crisis continued for almost a year. And for almost a year, I failed to take care of myself. Instead, I laser-focused on taking care of him, holding our family together, and overcoming the dread diagnosis.
None of these are bad things. I just did them to the exclusion of caring for myself. So whether your crisis involves cancer, COVID-19, or some other catastrophe, the seven hacks I share on today’s podcast will help you prioritize taking care of yourself when all you really want to do is take care of others.
Trust me, I know what happens when you fail to keep your tank full. You run out of gas. Both literally and figuratively. I’ve done both (just don’t tell my husband about running the car out of gas).
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline: 24/7 national hotline dedicated to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs at 66746.
Mental Health America has tips for helping you identify common reactions to crises and how to cope with them.
NAMI also has wonderful resources, especially for family members whose loved one is dealing with a mental health crisis.
Come back next week when I share hacks for dealing with life during a crisis…like the coronavirus or cancer.
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