‘12 mental health guidelines for homebound families’, by a mother of 11 children

Summary of the recommendations made by Patricia Díez, psychologist, mother of eleven children and member of the Association of Large Families of Catalonia (FANOC).

1 – Personal care ?: Say no to sloppiness. Groom up, get dressed, not to be in pajamas or tracksuits. Looking good contributes to being well, looking bad contributes to discouragement.

2 – Order favors harmony: Set a realistic schedule that respects the biological clock and where responsibilities and the people you love fit ?: Getting up and going to bed, meals, sports, etc.

3 – Eat well ? ?: Reeducate the menus and their quantities. With sedentary life it is not consumed as with active life.

4 – Breathe in fresh air ?: Open the window, breathe and fix your gaze on the farthest point?; for at least 15 ′. In the mornings, stay in rooms where there is more natural light. If you have the option to go out (garden, terrace), sunbathe.

5 – Exercise ??‍♂: Change clothes. Sport helps metabolism work well and combat anxiety and depression.

6 – Catch up on the news ?: Once a day. It is not good to cultivate anguish. It also limits the use of screens ??. Try to control your real life, that of your home. Not what you can’t control, from the outside.

7 – Don’t ask yourself why Busca: Look for what opportunity to get out of this situation. Reframe your scale of values, grow in virtues, etc.

8 – Take advantage of doing new things ? ?: be creative.

9 – Put someone other than yourself on your schedule ?: Make a list of people you love and try to talk to one of them at least once a day. And laugh, have a coffee online.

10 – Transcend ??: If you are a godly person, pray. If you want to take part, send a letter to sick and lonely people in the hospital through so many initiatives that are coming out.

11 – Ask for forgiveness and welcome the forgiveness of others ?: Do not let rancor occupy your heart.

12 – Smile ☺: And don’t panic if you lose your nerve. Start again.

The coronavirus has an end. That leaves a positive mark on you. Beware!

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