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9. Try a breathing exercise.

9. Try a breathing exercise.

Try "box breathing". The technique, outlined below, is popular among Navy SEALs and only takes five minutes:

  1. Inhale for four seconds.
  2. Hold the air in your lungs for four seconds.
  3. Exhale for four seconds, emptying all of the air in your lungs.
  4. Hold your lungs empty for four seconds.
  5. Repeat for five minutes.

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1. Make a list of activities that feel restorative to you right.

1. Make a list of activities that feel restorative to you right.

It could be taking a walk outside, petting your dog, meditating, baking, drawing, organizing your closet, listening to a podcast or anything else you enjoy that alleviates stress.

You can make a list of such activities when you’re feeling pretty good, so that when you feel burnt out — w...

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3. Set boundaries with work.

3. Set boundaries with work.

With many people working from home during the pandemic, living spaces now double as office spaces, blurring the line between work and play.

To create more structure, try to stick to the same start and stop times for your workday as you did pre-COVID-19...

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7. Let yourself grieve losses big and small.

7. Let yourself grieve losses big and small.

People are mourning all kinds of losses right now: the loss of their loved ones, their jobs, their health, their plans, their normal routines, just to name a few.

Take a breath and let yourself feel whatever you’re feeling without judgment. Then, when you’re ready, grab a p...

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10. Work out.

10. Work out.

Working out the way we used to do may be hard to do in our current reality. Moving your body can do wonders for your mood and mental health. That’s why it’s important to find ways to sweat safely.

You don’t need to do a high-intensity workout to reap the benefi...

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11. Create a bedtime routine to encourage good sleep habits.

11. Create a bedtime routine to encourage good sleep habits.

Getting a good night's sleep can set a positive tone for your day and help you better manage stress and anxiety. To facilitate this, create a nighttime routine that helps your body wind down and puts you in sleep mode.

Try including a hot bath or shower because the hot ...

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14. Be extra gentle with yourself.

14. Be extra gentle with yourself.

Cut yourself some slack. Practice self-compassion.

Instead of beating yourself up because you are not ‘leveling up’ right now, try to validate yourself with kind self-talk.

Consider what you would say to a dear friend or relative struggling during this ti...

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4. Make a “done” list.

4. Make a “done” list.

Many of us aren’t as productive during a pandemic as we are under normal circumstances — and that's totally understandable. But staring at a long list of unfinished tasks on your to-do list is only going to make you feel worse about yourself. Instead, compile a “done” list of all...

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8. Pause to check in with yourself every day.

8. Pause to check in with yourself every day.

Taking the time to check in with yourself daily can bring focus and awareness to an otherwise dizzying time.

Ask yourself these three questions:

  1. “What is captivating your thoughts right now?”
  2. “What emotions or physical sensations are you exp...

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“Gratitude, like anything, is a practice, and neuroscience shows us that if we make efforts to cultivate appreciation, we’ll find more to be grateful for, even during times of loss and grief.”

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2. Identify what you’re grateful for.

2. Identify what you’re grateful for.

There’s a lot happening in the world to be upset, angry and scared about, especially right now. But in these darker moments, finding things — big and small — that we’re thankful🙏 for is even more essential.

Each day, write down three things you’re thankful for in a jou...

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6. Crack open a book.

6. Crack open a book.

Pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read and try to get 30 minutes of reading in a day. It doesn’t have to be a straight 30 minutes. You could also break it up, doing something like 10 minutes of reading three times a day.

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5. Put limits on your news intake.

5. Put limits on your news intake.

Staying up to date with the news and latest developments is important ― but not at the cost of your sanity.

When the news becomes a source of dread, anxiety, and futility, it’s time to take a step back.

To curb your consumption, block out specific windows of time where you le...

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13. Keep a journal.

13. Keep a journal.

If racing thoughts are weighing you down, consider starting a journaling practice. Setting aside some time to self-reflect will help quiet your busy mind and clarify and process what you’re experiencing.

If this is something you’re struggling with, try taking 1...

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12. Do some stretching.

12. Do some stretching.

When you can’t muster up the energy for a workout, stretching is a more manageable option that still benefits your body and mind. 

Choose two to three stretches that are your go-to stretches and set a timer on your phone and try to hold each exercise for two minutes.

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