We will soon approach double-digit weeks of practicing self-isolation. That means too many days of isolation and social distancing. Parents are schooling their children online. Adults are either working from home full time or not working at all due to the pandemic. We have updates from everywhere coming at us left and right. Every situation is unique and most definitely brings elements of validated uncertainty and the unknown.
Although we are in this experience together, we can still feel overworked, misunderstood, unproductive and alone. Self-care is one of those terms that has received mixed reviews. Some believe it is necessary while others question its importance. One thing is for sure, we are in the midst of a crisis and we need to take steps to preserve our mental health and well being. A little self-care might bring a sense of calm to our otherwise unsettled lives.
Here are a few self-care tips to try during the coronavirus pandemic (and after):
Dust Off That Hobby
We all have that one thing that if we had more time, we would do it. It could be anything from practicing calligraphy to finally learning how to play that guitar that sits quietly in the corner of your bedroom. A hobby can boost your self-esteem and add a little joy to your daily life. And most importantly, it can cause spikes in your mood and make you happy. Don’t overthink it. Just start where you are.
We are confined to our homes but connecting with friends and family during this time is essential for our overall health. Social connection is a primal human need. Social connection can still happen during self-isolation. There are so many tools-WhatsApp Video, FaceTime Video, Skype, Zoom or even House Party that are designed for virtual meetings. Get off social media and check in with your family and friends with a video call. You can make it fun by scheduling a weekly lunch or happy hour. Not only will connecting socially energize you but it will bring joy to someone else. And we all could use a little joy.
Rest Well, Eat Well, Move Well
Months, days and time have become a sort of blur during the pandemic but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be following the basics of self-care. We should be:
- Following a sleep routine
- Eating well-balanced meals including fruits and vegetables
- Drinking water
- Exercising daily
- Spending time in the sun
Being physically healthy is a key factor in helping fight the coronavirus.
Let It Go
In the words of Elsa from Frozen, “Let it go…” Whatever plans or goals you hoped to accomplish during this season, let it go. It is what it is. We are in the realm of the unknown. All of our lives have been shifted and changed. We can save ourselves by taking a deep breath and embrace our new normal. Create smaller, simpler goals that can realistically be accomplished in your household with your current situation which might be everyone at home all the time. This is not the time to be too perfect or too stressed over situations that are absolutely out of our control. This is the time to let it all go and just be.
Self-care will keep you mentally and physically healthy. Remember, this experience will be in the past soon enough and the goal is to emerge as a better person for ourselves, family and friends.
How are you practicing self-care during the coronavirus pandemic? Please share in the comments below. I will need some fresh ideas soon.
Hugs and love,
Do you have any activities that you are doing to keep you sane during the pandemic? Please share in the comments below. I need ALL the ideas.