Thriving Through COVID-19: Surviving COVID-19 with the YWCA Niagara Region

It can be challenging to our new daily routines during a pandemic whether that means working from home or not working at all. From budgeting to ensuring a successful good night’s sleep, there are lots of tricks on how to cope with these significant changes in our lives from a pandemic. Here are four helpful ways to survive the pandemic with our Skills Development Coordinator, Denise.

Managing Your Expenses

Basic budgeting is one of the topics talked about by Denise on helping to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak. Everyone has to be very cautious that even if you have no money, you must still create a budget for yourself. In uncertain times we can’t take chances – especially when we don’t know what the future holds.

Recognizing Your Mentality

Denise breaks down mindfulness associated with what is going on within the head and body – and how to not let it carry you away! Mindfulness is a way to ease into your stresses in a more peaceful way, rather than a stressful way. This technique will show improvements in your overall physical and psychological symptoms from day-to-day life.

Keeping Calm and Collected

Grounding exercises are useful for when you are in a state of anxiety, stress, or panic that will help bring you back down to earth. Something that actually has worked for me is splashing water on my face when I feel anxious about something that happened or will happen. This is Denise’s second trick in coping with your mentality. Watch Denise’s short Facebook video to find out the complete 5-step process for grounding yourself.

Breathe Deeper and Sleep Better

Last, and seemingly most important, is getting enough sleep. Denise talks about breathing techniques and sleeping tips to fight your way through COVID-19. In this follow-along video, Denise goes through practicing breathing techniques with you. The two techniques involved are belly breathing and breath-counting exercise. Click the link to check out all of her amazing sleeping tips to ensure you’re getting the best night’s sleep.

Denise uploads to Facebook regularly during the pandemic so please make sure to follow our YWCA Facebook page and Skills Development page and keep yourself informed and safe. The YWCA is committed to helping out our communities around Niagara so be sure to also follow our Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with what’s happening. These survival tips are great to keep in mind as we’re all living in this new normal. As long as everyone stays safe and healthy, we’ll make it through this together.

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