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6 things you can do to help recover from the trauma of the coronavirus

Source | | Harold Neal

Some months ago, we shared some tips on dealing with the tribulations of the ongoing coronavirus phenomenon. At that time we were in the midst of not only the potential dangers of the pandemic itself, but also the stresses of multiple uncertainties – not only the possible sequelae of the disease itself, but also myriad emotional, professional, family, self-esteem, and indirect physical health issues.

Fast-forwarding to the present time, we are now cautiously entertaining the idea that a vaccine and other effective countermeasures may be near, and that some semblance of normal life may be just around the corner. Such developments lead invariably to a more positive outlook on the future, and a willingness to leave behind the coping mechanisms we had previously put into place to deal with the anxieties of the ordeal. So, with the worst of the pressure seemingly being taken off us in the near future, we can now get on with the task of rebuilding ourselves, and (as with the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic) get on with life.

But, is “getting on with it” really that easy for all of us? Can we just forget what has happened and pretend that the coronavirus and its consequences never existed? Even for the strong-willed amongst us, this is unlikely, at least to some degree. So, what can we do to just “get on with it” in an upcoming “post-virus” world?

The Winchester Hospital (WH) in Boston, Massachusetts likens recovery from the coronavirus to the way one would recover from any other form of post-traumatic stress and suggests that there are indeed things we can do to help us with our post-virus recovery. Let’s take a look at six of their ideas for dealing with this particular form of recovery:

1. Take care of your body.

In all probability, the events of the past year (or lack thereof) have taken a toll on our bodies. Health and fitness centers were restricted, and many of us were told (or chose) to sequester ourselves in our homes and to limit our outside exposure. Accompanying these restrictions were temptations to overeat or drink and to generally fall victim to the negatives associated with a more sedentary life. So, what do we do now? As restrictions are lifted, we can once again take to the outdoors, work on a healthier diet regimen, and begin or return to a purposeful fitness program. Not only will we be and feel better physically, this enhanced sense of bodily well-being will lead to a more positive mental and emotional outlook on life.  

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