Encourages self-care during COVID-19
To the Editor:
With everything that is happening in the world, the nation, and Iowa in regards to COVID-19 it is
possible to feel overwhelmed, confused, numb, or any other emotion imaginable. During this
challenging time it is more important than ever to set aside time for yourself, a time to recharge. Setting
aside time for yourself helps you and those around you. Some like time alone and others recharge
through social interactions. I encourage you to find what works best for you whether it is time alone,
time with others, or a combination of both. Intentionally taking time for yourself is important and
Many of our routines have changed due to COVID-19. You may be working from home, going to the
office different days than usual, helping your child with virtual learning, or you might be unemployed.
With all these changes, routines may have gone out the window. Re-establishing a routine may be very
valuable. Routines may include things such as maintaining a typical sleep schedule (waking and going to
bed at approximately the same time each day), eating at scheduled times, exercising, etc. In addition to
a routine, consider spending time outside, finding a positive in each day, and limiting social media. Also,
please stay connected with family and friends. Even while practicing social distancing it is possible to
maintain this connection.
If you find yourself wanting someone to talk to about your current concerns please consider reaching
out to Jen Hansen, PHD, YSS Hamilton County at 515.832.1061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
YSS of Hamilton County