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10 Self-Care Tips to Cope with Isolation and Stress

By Gwen Nichols, MD, LLS Chief Medical Officer |

Whether you are self-quarantining or practicing social distancing, we all are adjusting to a new normal amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. As a patient or survivor, you might be experiencing feelings of isolation, uncertainty and anxiety. As a caregiver, you might be feeling overwhelmed with navigating your loved one’s care while looking after your own needs. And as a family member, you might be feeling unsure of how you can help. This is understandable, and you are not alone.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is here to help. I encourage blood cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and families to contact our Information Specialists for free, one-on-one support. LLS Information Specialists – master’s level oncology professionals – are available by phone at 800-955-4572 or by email or chat at this link. I also urge you to speak with your healthcare team.

While this is a stressful time, there are a few things we can do to tend to our physical and emotional needs. Not only can these self-care practices help us cope with isolation and stress, but also keep us feeling our best all year long.

*A quick note on terminology: you might be hearing two terms in the news, SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2 refers to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, which is the virus that causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Learn more here.