I don't think I am alone when I say, the emotional rollercoaster during this pandemic has been tough.
Some days we are feeling like yes! we totally got this...to other days where panic, loneliness and frustration kicks in.
Dental Hygienists are typically Type A personality. We fix things. We plan things. We are organized. We have control over most of our lives. We are perfectionists. (in general!)
However, during this time, we have lost so much control and are faced with so much uncertainty.
Now with the Holidays just around the corner, where we most likely won't be able to be with our loved ones, reality is setting in.
With all this and the lockdown discussion on every news channel, what can we do to try and stay positive and motivated to ensure we try avoid and prevent depression and worry.
Distract yourself. Perhaps there is a new hobby that you would like to try to keep you busy and pre-occupied!
Find simple sources of joy. It may not always be easy but when you are in a funk try to do something that will boost your mood. Try listening to uplifting music and dance! Find a funny show or video. I just started watching Schitt's Creek and that has been a source of distraction for sure. Spend time in nature. Find a nice area to walk or hike.
Limit your consumption of news. Yes, you want to stay informed, but over consuming sensationalistic news or unreliable social media coverage will only fuel negativity and fear. Limit how often you check news or social media and confine yourself to reputable sources. We receive calls every day from dental hygienists who are on Facebook Groups where they feel more stressed once they read a variety of comments and sometimes getting incorrect answers. Mute people that you follow that might set your mood off. This way you have control over when you want to see their posts and not.
Maintain a routine. Sleeping too much or too little, skipping meals or exercise, and neglecting time for you will not help your mood. Establishing and maintaining a daily routine, adds structure to your day/evening/weekend, and can help you feel organized and in control. Try to include set times for exercising, spending time outside, and communicating with friends and family. Adopt daily healthy habits. Walk, eat well, take care of YOU when in clinic (ie drink water, have healthy snacks, bathroom breaks). Make sure you take time for yourself. Practice relaxation breathing techniques. There are lots of apps that can help you with this!
Express gratitude. Perhaps start journaling every night before bed and reflect on what you are thankful for each day.
Pick up the phone and call a friend who lifts your spirits.
Stay away from people who bring you down, make you feel judged or who criticizes you.
Finally, remember you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with so surround yourself with those people. They are your people.
Speaking of my people, check out our next session of 'The RDH View' coming up in December!
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