These are trying times for everyone. Self-care is more important now than ever, especially when faced with such uncertainty.
It is evident that things will never be the same again. Use this as a time to relax and recharge. Make some changes in your life and do the things you’ve been planning to but never had the time.
Don’t pressure yourself with unrealistic goals during this time. Here are some self-care tips to get you through.
Mindfulness is a process of being in tune and present at the moment. Mindfulness will help you deal with the overwhelm of the sudden changes to your life.
When you find yourself wandering into a state of panic, gently guide yourself back to a calm state. Read through this article on the Art of Mindfulness you help you in your journey.Self-care is NOT selfish. Click To Tweet
Start a Vegetable Garden
Be one with nature. Up close and personal. Starting a garden does not have to be a mission. Start small with the veggies you like. Just be out and one with the soil.
Having your own vegetable garden will not only relieve some stress but also save you money and get you eating healthier.
It’s so easy to resort to sweets and salty snacks when you feel bored and stuck at home all day. However, try to incorporate healthy foods in your diet.
Be conscious about what you eat.
Get enough Rest
Maybe you’re sleeping much later and waking even later than normal, but try to get enough rest and sticking as much as possible to a sleep routine. This has proven hard for me but I try.
Your body needs to be well rested to function at it’s best.
“Self-care has become a new priority – the revelation that it’s perfectly permissible to listen to your body and do what it needs.”― Frances Ryan
Exercise is not only good for your body but it releases endorphins which are those feel-good hormones. I personally love Yoga with Adrienne, a channel I follow on YouTube which has gotten me in love with yoga all over again.
Try light fun exercises, to begin with. It might be a bit difficult at first because it’s a different setting and you can’t leave home. But it’s doable. And if you miss hitting the gym, try setting up your own DIY home gym.
Keep in touch with Loved ones
We might be physically distancing but we can still very much connect with our loved ones during this time. Thanks to virtual platforms and video calling features we can stay in touch.
Let this time bring you closer to those you love. Spend quality time with those you are facing this lock down with.
Try chilling with a good book. Escape and find some adventure to get away from the daily reality, even if it’s just for a few hours. Reading is also a good stimulant for your brain.
Oh, how I love a good pamper session. Your favourite spa may be closed, but you can still run a hot bath with salts and oils and soak off the stress. Light some scented candles. Try a DIY mani & Pedi.
You deserve it!
Meditation is not some weird voodoo. Just to clear that up.
It’s a practice of being aware of your thoughts and feelings and being one with yourself. It’s a journey and needs consistency. You will learn to observe and understand yourself better.
Meditation is good for your health and well-being and improving your emotional state.
Grab and pen and start journaling. You don’t need to be the best writer to start a journal, but it might improve your writing skills nonetheless. Journaling is therapeutic and a natural mood booster.
It is a healthy form of expressing your most inner thoughts and feelings and is good for your health.
Cook & Bake
Try your hand in the kitchen. Cooking and baking are creative outlets and will allow you to experiment a bit. These can be a self-care routine to relieve stress.
Baking is a cheer me up, anytime. I love trying new things and the cherry on top is that delicious taste even if it doesn’t always look that way.
Ask for Help
If you find yourself feeling anxious and panicked, don’t be afraid to ask for help. It is normal to feel that way when things are out of our control and we don’t know what to expect.
There are professional help centres like SADAG you can contact and talk to someone professional.
Take a time out from the News and social media. Much of the fear and panic is perpetuated by all the false information in the media. While it is good to know what is going on, don’t be consumed by it every moment of each passing day.
Try to verify the information you get from trusted sources such as your government gazette or local news report.
A clean, clear space is a healthy space. Clear out your cupboard, closet and garage. It will improve your mood and productivity. You may also feel better by giving away some things you no longer use that were just taking up space.
Less clutter means more space and less anxiety stress. You are also more likely invite people over when there is no clutter. So get to it!
Make time for Fun & Play
Whether it’s board games, puzzles or hide & seek with the kids, make time to have some fun. Playtime is a great de-stressor.
Playing is stimulating to the brain and can boost your mood. Laughter is the best medicine after all. Fun and games are not only for children. They can bring out the child in you too.
Remember that Self-care is not selfish. You can give more when you have more.
I hope these self-care tips will help you get through this trying time and that you come out of it better than you were.
Please share your self-care tips with us below.