Episode 23: How PWD can implement self-care and rely on support networks during a global pandemic

Summary

CripChat is a weekly podcast produced and delivered by Australian  Disability Limited, it aims to educate, entertain and inform the general community how they can help us create a more accessible and inclusive society for people with disabilities, their friends and family.  Hosted by Jonathan Shar, David Daoud, Ibby Dee and Timothy Lachlan

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To be stressed is to be alive. And however uncomfortable it makes you, it is a universal feeling that is a part of the imperfect human experience. Stress saps your energy, causes fatigue, and increases negative thoughts that can contribute to anxious feelings. Fortunately, there are ways to build up a healthy response to stress that can even reverse the uncomfortable feelings over time.

The most basic and important way to mitigate stress is by taking care of yourself. It may sound simple, but your mind and body are connected in powerful ways and by maintaining your physical, emotional, and mental reserves, you can actually prevent and manage stress.

Adapted from Jessica DuBois-Maahs’ article (https://www.talkspace.com/blog/self-care-stop-stress-secrets/)

Key Points (4):

Consider doing less (barriers between work/study home blurred)

Make time for reflection

Soak up the sun

Commit to regular exercise

Accept what you cannot change, adapt and take care of yourself.

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