Self-Care During Quarantine
I don’t have to remind you that we are living in some strange, unprecedented times. Many of us are stuck at home, potentially with children or cohabitating with other relatives, while others have been deemed essential and must continue to go out into the unknown on a daily basis. If you’ve been feeling stressed, anxious, scared or any combination of those feelings - it's important to know you are not alone! In these times of stress and uncertainty, it is even more crucial to keep up with (or begin!) a self-care routine. Self-care helps you take a step back, catch your breath, and allows you to focus on things within your control.
Self-Care is any activity that we do in order to care for our mind, body, and emotions. It can be anything that helps us work towards being healthy, happy, nourished and fulfilled human beings. You know you’re supposed to be incorporating self-care habits into your daily routine, but have you made the time to actually do it? No worries, get started now! Self-care isn’t just about being indulgent with massages and pedicures, it’s about taking the time to refill your own cup and reminding yourself that your needs matter too. Self-Care is a stress reliever, a mood booster, and a way to keep you motivated.
Whether you are currently quarantined, following stay-at-home orders, or some other version of stuck at home, plan out some time in your day to do something that relaxes and replenishes you and contributes to the wellbeing of your emotional, physical or spiritual health! Read on for 5 productive suggestions for self-care during quarantine.
5 Self-Care Tips During the Pandemic
1. Try Out Some New Recipes:
If you’ve spent time on the internet in the past 6-9 months, you surely know that everyone is trying out some type of new recipe. Whether they’re baking sourdough bread, trying their hand at homemade pizza, or following the newest luxe coffee recipe, there’s something out there for anyone to try! You can go simple or challenging, sweet or salty, baked, grilled, fried, or blended- the options are endless! Cook up something that you enjoy - healthy or not- that makes you feel good!
2. Work on your Healthy Habits:
This is definitely the time to put in the work on the healthy habits you’ve been meaning to implement, especially now at the start of 2021. While your recipe testing might run the gamut from healthy to absolutely cardiac-arrest worthy, your habits should focus on the things you can do - today - to better your overall health. Think about super simple things like adding another vegetable to each plate of food today, drinking enough of water, or getting up from your desk every 15-20 minutes and doing some stretches or exercises. Pick one thing, and make it so simple you almost can’t not do it, then commit to doing it regularly for the next two weeks. After that, you can pick a completely new habit or up the ante on your current habit and make it a bit more challenging.
3. Incorporate a New At-Home Workout Routine
Speaking of healthy habits, haven’t you been meaning to get more serious about your exercise routine? This is the time to make it happen! Don’t count on motivation to get you up and out of bed to complete your workout, either. Schedule out the time in your planner or in your phone - write it down and make it a non-negotiable. It doesn’t need to be an hour of uninterrupted movement, either. Think smaller: think minutes! Find minutes here and there throughout your day to get moving. And since almost everyone is offering online classes these days you can take this opportunity to try out that class you've always wanted to join! Online bootcamp? Barre? Pilates? Try a new workout - in the name of self-care - from the comfort of your own home.
4. Get Creative:
Another great way to include self-care at home is to indulge in something that harnesses your creativity! This will look different for everyone but once again the options are limitless. You could try painting or drawing, building or constructing something, reading, writing, taking an online class and more. Think of something you enjoy doing, or that you’ve always wanted to give a shot, and set aside some time to get it done. Using the power of your own creativity helps you feel more productive and that you’re doing something worthwhile with your time.
5. Be Easy on Yourself and Relax:
Finally, just because it seems like everyone around you is doing, during this pandemic, doesn’t mean that you have to, too. If you just aren’t feeling up to cooking, exercising, building, etc - don’t worry about it! Take this time to relax, reset, get in touch with yourself and your emotions. It is both OK and normal to feel overwhelmed, unsure, anxious and scared. Listen to yourself and follow your own lead.
The majority of us might have found ourselves spending a lot of time at home these days, but try out these self-care tips when you’re trying to both fight the boredom and remain productive during quarantine.