“I’m still taking it day by day, trying to find balance between the multiple roles I’m playing.” – Kara Richardson Whitely, Novo Nordisk Patient Ambassador
On April 23rd, the OAC hosted a Facebook live event to discuss coping with self-isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic. The live event featured guest appearances from:
- Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO
- Nina Crowley, PhD, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian and Health Psychologist
- Kara Richardson Whitely, Novo Nordisk Patient Ambassador
Some of the topics in the live event discussed included stress management, exercise, goal-setting and healthcare. Viewers were also able to submit questions and ask for advice. We’ve recapped some of the wisdom shared below.
Facebook Live Event Recap
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Tips for Managing Stress:
- Commit to burning off stress when it sets in. Take a walk, listen to music or put on a podcast. Or, try doing something creative like cooking new recipes.
- Let the light in. Try opening the curtains or windows more often. You can even bring your laptop to the patio for an outdoor workspace.
- Keep a routine with the same wake up time and bedtime. Involve your family in a routine so everyone can stay on-track.
- Accept that life won’t feel great or easy every day. You will have ups and downs.
Tips for Your Healthcare:
- Don’t stay away from your providers! Most of them are willing and ready to see patients, as they are finding alternatives to traditional office appointments.
- Use telehealth to do virtual appointments. Sessions may be less expensive right now.
- If your provider isn’t using telehealth, search online for independent providers or platforms. For example, TalkSpace lets you look for a social worker or psychologist.
Tips for Exercise:
- Exercise is a great way to relieve physical and mental tension.
- See if your gym is offering virtual workouts or online classes.
- Go on evening bike rides with your family.
- Dig out old-school sports equipment like tennis rackets, jump ropes and roller skates.
- Walk your dog more often.
- Download at-home guided workout apps.
Tips for Stress Eating:
- Appreciate the physical space you have right now between your cravings and the ability to actually go get them.
- Get real with what’s going on and acknowledge your emotions and behaviors.
- Find the purpose in your health goals to redirect your impulses.
- Try coping strategies you use to handle other types of stress.
- Surround yourself with a community. People will help you get through this.
Tips for Goal-Setting:
- Focus your goals by asking yourself, “How do I want to emerge from all of this?”
- Use any downtime to do things that will truly benefit you.
- Find a “medium” size goal that you can achieve in a month or two, vs a long-term goal that feels hard to reach.
- These couple of months of self-isolation and “slowing down” can give you enough time to break bad habits and start new ones.
- Keep up your long-term visions and let them give you hope.
The full version of the Facebook Live Event can be viewed below.
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