• Dr. Ashley Stapleton ND

Five Self Care Tips During Times of High Stress

Last week I shared some tips on protecting your immune system. Today I want to post a short article by my colleague, Dr. Emily Habert ND, about ways to help keep perspective and stay calm during these challenging times.

While we can't control the economy or the trajectory of COVID-19, what we can do is reach for tools and practices that we know support us. Here are some of my favourites.

1. Keep a gratitude journal. Writing down three things in your life that you feel grateful for can help shift your perspective and decrease anxiety. This can be done daily in a book you dedicate to this purpose, or simply jotted down on a note.

2. Spend time outdoors. We love our cozy homes at this time of year, but getting outside reminds us that we are part of something greater than ourselves. Try to head out for a short walk at lunch, or spend the extra hour of daylight strolling or sitting outside with a loved one. 

3. Connect with others. Spending time (virtually or face to face) with people you care about can help to reduce the feelings of isolation that so many of us experience. Protecting our health means investing in ourselves, as well as in our relationships. 

4. Perform an act of kindness. When we move our focus away from our own struggles, we can pour that attention onto someone else in need. This benefits the person we are helping, and it can also be a gift to ourselves. Try preparing a meal for a friend, sending a short note or email, or simply letting someone know you are thinking of them. You may be surprised at how much it can relieve your own worries, at least temporarily.                                               

5. Reach out. When we are feeling down or anxious, many of us retreat into ourselves. This can prolong feelings of stress and anxiety. If you have tried some of the strategies above, and yet find yourself feeling depressed, upset or alone, reach out to a trusted friend or health care provider.  Your community is here for you.    

During this time, I will not be providing face to face consultations, but I will continue to see patients remotely. As always, you may book through through Aspire Naturopathic Health Centre If you have any questions, please drop me an email or give a call to the clinic.  Wishing you and your family good health!

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