Self-Care Tips for Comets

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03.29.2020
A handful of pears, a cup of tea and an open book sit on a desk
The health and well-being of the UT Dallas community is a top priority. With that in mind, here are a few tips from Taylor Tran, registered dietitian and employee health program manager at UTD, to practice self-care as we study and work from home.

Stress Management

Limit COVID-19 updates. It’s important to stay informed, but limit exposure to things that trigger anxiety. With so much new information coming out daily on TV and social media, set boundaries for when and how much news you receive so that you can keep feelings of anxiety at bay.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Set a schedule for meal times and snacks to avoid mindless or stress eating. Fill up on fruits and vegetables, which contain vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are good for your immune system. Stay hydrated with plenty of water, and limit alcohol and sugary drinks because of the empty calories.

Stay Active

Working out may seem like a challenge while social distancing, but try to get up and move around as much as you can throughout the day. When the weather is nice, walk the dog or go out for a walk, but keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others. There are plenty of online exercise videos to keep you active, or play with your kids or pets.

Get Adequate Sleep

Feeling stress and anxiousness can keep you awake, so aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night. This will help keep hormones regulated and improve concentration and productivity. If you’re having difficulty falling asleep, try deep breathing or meditation to quiet your thoughts.

Practice Good Hygiene

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Avoid touching your face. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow. Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces.

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