Dr. Jo Lane, an Australian National University clinical psychologist, says in an article that when she asks people about how they're doing in regards to COVID-19, many say they're tired and irritable. That does not surprise her, especially since the pandemic has lasted a lot longer than many had anticipated. So Lane dug into her colleagues' research into self care and compassion and came up with three tips for handling the "COVID Crankies."

  1. Acknowledge how you're feeling. It's OK to be annoyed and worn out, but you need to address those issues. If you're exhausted, take a break, turn off your phone, exercise, eat well, get some sleep, hang out with friends or get out and enjoy nature.
  2. Remember that you're not alone. We're all in this thing together. Strong social connections help, so check in with friends and family. Or confide in someone you trust, such as a health care provider, mentor, teacher or spiritual leader.
  3. Be mindful. Mindfulness, or paying attention to what's happening now, helps to break cycles of negative thoughts and rumination. Step back and refocus. Journaling, taking a break from social media and embracing gratitude are ways that can help realign your perspective.

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