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Taking Care of Yourself During COVID-19

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The pressure in my chest intensified when I raised my voice at my children who were resisting their usual bedtime routine – a regular occurrence since their school was cancelled during our new “shelter at home” reality. After going to the doctor, nervous about all possibilities, I was glad to hear that my chest x-ray and EKG came back normal. My doctor gave me a diagnosis that put most of my concerns to rest but also raised new ones: my chest pressure was mostly likely a result of muscle strain and that added stress and anxiety from the current COVID-19 pandemic was likely exacerbating my symptoms. The path forward required that I spend time on self-care, something that few of us have had time or resources to spend time on outside of work and family.

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