Taking Care of Yourself During a Crisis

By: Lilli Rozanski, MS, RDN, LDN, Sports and Fitness Dietitian, Thibodaux Regional Health System

We are all feeling countless emotions right now as we do our best to cope during this time of uncertainty. You may be feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and fearful. How can you take care of yourself and others during this challenging time? Thibodaux Regional Health System wants to remind you that we are all in this together, and our Wellness Education Center is here to provide you with positive information and tools that you can use and benefit from.


  • It is so important to nourish our physical bodies now more than ever, not only to support a healthy immune system, but also to ensure we are consuming nutrients our bodies need in order to function at its best. This may be a unique phase for some of us to shift from eating out to cooking from home and using what is available in the pantry. For a few easy and healthy recipes using pantry staples click on the links at the end of the article.


  • Just because we cannot go to the gym or our favorite class right now, does not mean we have to miss out on exercise. Use this time to discover online workout classes that you can do in your own home, in your backyard, or at the park while still practicing social distancing. Because so many people are working from home right now, many fitness apps and websites are offering discounts on their services.

Mental Health

  • Practice social media and news distancing or at least implement some boundaries on time spent consuming content right now. It’s key to stay informed with evidence-based and reliable sources, but some outlets may be adding to the noise and not positively affecting your wellbeing.
  • A reframe or perspective switch can be to view changes in our routines and lives as a great opportunity to slow down and prioritize our health and wellbeing, and to prioritize what matters most.
  • Begin a practice of gratitude. It may not sound like much, but research shows that a daily gratitude practice is good for us, helping to reduce stress, sleep better, and stay healthier. For example, thinking about the sacrifice of first responders, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals on the front lines or the countless number of workers stocking grocery store shelves gives many of us an overwhelming sense of gratitude.
  • Go outside! Studies show when we spend more time outdoors, even just 10 minutes a day, it can improve our health, and decrease anxiety and stress.


  • Joy, happiness, and having fun are just as important to our health as good nutrition and exercise. Be sure to make time for doing the things in life that bring you joy and fun such as exploring hobbies you once did frequently, picking up a new skill, cooking, getting lost in a good book, or listening to music.

Remember, let us all do our part to support each other during this challenging time. Focus on gratitude and positivity, reflect, be mindful, and be resilient!

Pantry Staples

Recipe - Skillet Spaghetti

Recipe - Black Bean Turkey Chili

Recipe - Chicken Quinoa Fried Rice

Recipe - Broccoli Avocado Tuna Bowl