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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Harris

Survival Tips for #SocialDistancing

We are living in an unprecedented time with a global pandemic impacting our world. And if you live in Middle Tennessee, a tornado tore through our community in the early morning of March 3rd. I don’t know about you, but March the 2nd feels life a different lifetime and a different world pre-tornado and pre-quarantine.

During times of stress, when routines have been thrown off track, when jobs have been lost, when sickness is a new reality, when finances get tight…we forget how taking care of the basics can make a huge difference in our capacity to weather stress. When everything feels out of control, do not neglect the things you can control. It WILL make a difference in your life.

Here are a few ways you can take care of yourself (and maintain a sense of control)!

1. Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. If you have trouble sleeping, invest in a weighted blanket, grab some melatonin, or look up a sleep meditation on YouTube.

2. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water. There are so many benefits of water intake, but a big benefit during this time is that this helps you feel fuller longer during a time where emotional eating may be a temptation.

3. Eat foods that bless your body. Set your intention now. How do you want to feel when quarantine is over? Yes, enjoy baking some treats on the weekend or with your kiddos. Aim for the 80/20 rule, 80% food that blesses your body and 20% of flexibility (because let’s be honest-grocery shopping can be a challenge right now!).

4. Move for 30 minutes a day. Go for a walk, pull up a workout on YouTube, or have a dance party in your living room. This will help you sleep better, reduce stress, and burn off some excess energy and anxiety.

5. Stay connected! We need one another! Now is a time to get creative. Schedule Zoom calls and eat dinner or play a game with friends. Facetime a friend. Schedule phone calls. We need to physical distance, but we need one another through this time!

6. Reach out for support! If you are struggling and need extra support and encouragement, check out We have therapists ready and waiting to walk with you.

You are not alone. We are in this together.

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