Not only were we scared we could catch a deadly virus, but we were also – due to the rhetoric of world leaders – fearful for the lives of our loved ones, especially our grandparents.
Couple that with the multiple (and often unnecessarily confusing) stay-at-home orders, and there is no wonder we are all anxious and stressed.
Amidst all this frustration and confusion and the way we have been knocked out of our daily routines, it is extremely important that we look after ourselves.
Though we are obviously worried about our physical health, we have to take care of our mental health, too.
Looking after ourselves can also help us to better help others in the long run, as well as give us a boost that could assist us in getting through this pandemic in one piece.
What is self-care?
Self-care is the process of reducing one’s stress and anxiety through the practice of activities that are made to enhance our wellbeing.
Self-care can easily be incorporated into your daily routine, and it gives your mind a moment to take a break from what is going on around it. Below are the top tips for self-care you should know.
#1]. Feed your brain
We talk about eating the right things and giving our bodies the right nutrients every day, but we need to do the same for our brains!
Taking time to exercise your brain or give it a moment of silence can do wonders. Feed it with the right things; for example, learn a new skill or pick up a craft like colouring, knitting, or sewing.
#2]. Give yourself some time off
When you’re working from home, it can be hard for you to separate your work life from your home life. Be sure to try and put some boundaries in place that would allow you to really relax once you are done for the day.
Take some time to just do nothing! If you can’t do anything, do something that requires little brainpower. Binge that show you’ve been meaning to catch up on, listen to your favourite podcast, or reread your favourite book.
#3]. If you spend the money, spend it well
Let’s be honest, we have all taken to online shopping during lockdown maybe a little too enthusiastically. Instead of not shopping at all, shop smart.
See if your employers offer perks and savings like those available from LifeWorks, or if you can get a student discount. With no guilt, treat yourself to a takeaway or that pair of shoes you’ve been drooling over.
When we say self-care, people could quickly think of bubble baths and whale sounds. It can be that, or it could be yoga or going for a run with your dog. Whatever fills your cup back up is what we call self-care.
During this difficult and distressing time, it is more important than ever for you to look after your mental health. Why not check in on a friend (at a safe distance) and make sure they are okay, too? Small changes can go a long way.