Right now might be the most difficult time of all to practice self-care. But despite the current state of the world, it’s important that we still take time for ourselves. Many of us are feeling down and super stressed, among other overwhelming feelings. When the weight of the world starts to feel like too much, it’s good for your mental health to take it slow and focus on recharging your battery if you can. Here are some of our helpful tips to help you practice self-care during this troubling time.
Don’t Forget to Rest
Many of us are running on empty right now, and that’s perfectly understandable. But continuous lack of sleep is a recipe for disaster. When you get proper rest, it helps your body stay healthy and keeps your immune system up, which is obviously of great importance during this time. If you are having trouble sleeping at night, try taking a nap during the daytime if you can manage it. Additionally, avoid drinking too much caffeine, which can make it harder to get a good night’s sleep.
Release Your Thoughts
If you are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety and stress, don’t be afraid to reach out to those closest to you to talk about it. Everyone is feeling the stress of this pandemic in some way; you are not alone. But the way you deal with the stress can certainly take a toll on your well-being. Call up a friend or family member and just have a chat. Or, if you like to write, journal about what you are feeling/experiencing right now. Isolation is a trigger for anxiety. You may not realize just how cathartic it can be to purge your thoughts. Remember, purging your mind of troublesome thoughts helps to alleviate some of your worry.
Get Your Body and Mind Moving
Exerting energy or exercising your mind helps to get your mind off of stress and worry, at least for the time being. There are several online exercise programs you can try out, as well as virtual tours you can take of museums and zoos. Pretend you are somewhere else for a moment and try to ease your mind from feeling “stuck” in one place (your house). And, if you can manage, try to eat healthily and don’t overindulge in alcohol, bearing in mind that alcohol is actually a depressant. Rely on using your body and your mind as methods for releasing stress during these hard times. Your body will thank you for it, too.
Have a Spa Day at Home
Obviously, many of us might look like we are in shambles right now, but there’s no reason why you don’t deserve a little pampering. This is a fun way to bond and play with your kids. Take turns giving each other pedicures or styling each other’s hair. It might not turn out like a masterpiece, but don’t worry because you won’t be walking the red carpet in your kid-approved style.
Make a Routine for Yourself
Routines help to keep many of us sane. Although all of our routines have been extremely disrupted, try to make one for yourself that adapts to your new lifestyle and stick with it. It’s important to still be spontaneous if you are feeling stuck or in a rut, and going for a drive or a walk might help if you start feeling stir crazy.
Soak up Some Sun
A little vitamin D never hurt anyone. Hang out in your backyard and read a magazine or do some yoga outside while you breathe some fresh air. Spending time outdoors will prevent you from feeling cooped up and can help you to connect with nature and the world around you. Plus, you’ll feel the positive energy from the warm sun perk up your mood in the process.