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Social Distancing and CHD

Taking care of your basic needs during a time when things are not so basic.

While we are still learning more about the impact of COVID-19 and CHD, there is one thing that is becoming more and more clear: Social. Distancing. Is. Hard. But more than ever, we need to take care of our mind, our body and our hearts. This three part series explores each of these aspects with input from both clinical experts and those with CHD.

Mind

“It is hard being a single parent and losing your support system. I find that I am always worrying.”

Gigi M., Parent

“It’s a day to day process. It’s about checking in.  Sitting with the hard times that come but also finding the beauty in this.  Taking long walks and writing down what I am grateful for helps.”

Amy R., patient

“It’s important to prioritize time for you during the pandemic. Only by taking care of yourself can you fully be there for your children, family and loved ones.  One way to do this is to spend time outside when possible. Fresh air and physical activity can help individuals and families cope with the difficult aspects of social distancing. You can also use technology to connect with family, friends and the CHD community.  Others are likely experiencing similar challenges.  Openly sharing your struggles can help you feel more connected and less alone.”

Erica S.; PhD, Clinical Psychologist

For more information about ways to keep our minds healthy during this time check out these resources:

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