COVID-19 Social Distancing: Taking care of mind, body and soul

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Marya Valdivia Carlisle is pictured here (center) with other members of her Schweitzer Fellowship cohort in Fall 2017.

By: Mayra Valdivia Carlisle, Tulsa FFL 2017-18

I know times are hard right now. A lot of people are suffering from depression, anxiety, insomnia, reduced feelings of safety, and experiencing panic attacks all triggered by the pandemic. Understand that what you – or others – are going through is completely normal. We are not alone. See below for some simple actionable steps we can take that will bring more joy into our lives while we practice social distancing. It is important for us to take care of our mind, body, and soul during this difficult time. We are going to make it out of this. I also wanted to share a coronavirus resource from the American Psychiatric Association. If you are in need of immediate assistance you can call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. Sending all my love.

– Name 5 things you’re thankful for everyday
– Check in with your loved ones
– Help someone in any way you can (write letters, donate, meditate or pray, make meals, support small businesses)
– Take deep breaths
– Practice self care
– Go for a walk, run, bike, dance (stay 6 ft away from others) or just move your body
– Listen to music, read a book, watch a movie
– Pray or meditate
– Cook a meal
– Look at beautiful pictures
– Read poetry or write a poem
– Journal
– Make art
– Listen to a new podcast
– Be an advocate and call your representatives and senators
– Ask for help if you need it

Mayra Valdivia Carlisle, Tulsa FFL (2017-18), is a 4th year medical student at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Health Disparities Director for the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA). Mayra will be a psychiatry medical resident at University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio beginning in July 2020, where she will gain skills she plans to bring back to Oklahoma upon completion. Mayra’s Schweitzer project brought an in-depth diabetes education and prevention program to her hometown of Sallisaw, Oklahoma.