Try one of the following strategies to help cope in social situations:
- Pace yourself. Don’t expect too much too soon from yourself. Take social breaks, even when you’re feeling good. Allow yourself more “down” or “you” time than you might typically.
- Identify your triggers. Pay attention to your mind and body. Notice when something feels good, and when it doesn’t. When something (or someone) upsets you, don’t judge the person or your emotion; instead, get curious. Ask yourself if you’re upset about something from the current moment, or if you’ve potentially been triggered by something stressful happening in your life.
- Take some time to think about what you need and what would be helpful for you from friends or family members. Healthcare workers are often used to giving a lot both at work and at home – next time someone asks something of you, consider taking some time to think about what you can commit to before you agree.
- Ask for help. Often, others want to help us but don’t know how. Spend some time thinking about the ways those close to you could make you feel cared for and supported, and then share this with them openly.
- Try the following writing prompt: Write a letter to your loved ones (you don’t have to send it!) expressing your gratitude for their impact on your life. You can write about the positive impact they have had on you and the ways they have made you feel supported. In the second half of the letter, describe the ways you would like them to support you even better or differently
KT NOTE FOR MATT: Heidi’s tips from Town Hall #2 would be a good link here.