Self-Care in the Time of Coronavirus
A lot of companies have gone remote back in March 2020, a lot of people have been furloughed, laid off, some who have kept their jobs are actually working more than ever before, picking up the slack of smaller workforces; others have gotten sick from Coronavirus or worse, have died from it. In one way or another, we’ve all been affected by this.
Before I start, I want to say to those who have lost a friend or family member to Coronavirus or violence, I offer my sincere condolences. I’m sorry that you and your family are going through that and I hope that in time, your pain is healed and do whatever you can to honor the memory of those lost.
Here are some tips that I would recommend for self-care:
- Being aware of what is going on in the world is extremely important but sometimes, even for a little bit, we need to remove ourselves or the things that are currently overwhelming us. It’s not about being ignorant, it’s about filtering or limiting the amount of information you get from the news or social media. Give yourself a day or more of removal.
Supplement that disconnect time with a positive activity.
- If you disconnect, use that time not only to rest and recharge but for something that brings positive feelings or improvement. Maybe rekindling an old passion or learning a new one. Maybe drawing, going for more walks outside in nature or cooking. There’s so many things to try now. Try to add these kinds of activity to your daily life to make the days a bit more bearable and easy going.
Reach out to Family and Friends.
- I mentioned this briefly before by try to spend some time with family and friends especially those who bring positivity and good spirits into your life. It’ll also make them feel good to hear from you too. Try your best to avoid those who bring you down or make you unhappy.
- I’ve been using Headspace for the last 3-4 weeks. it’s helped me become more mindful and centered within. It’s hard at first to quiet your mind but like with anything else, practice makes perfect. Just 5 minutes a day can make a big difference. There’s plenty other apps out there like Calm and Shine which are good too.
Move a little.
- Some people have used their time to keep in shape or get in shape during all this. Moving is a great way to get out of your head. There was this person who said “When you’re depressed, express!”. Personally, I’ve been doing Just Dance 2020 on the Nintendo Switch for the last couple of weeks, along with kettlebell training videos from Youtube. Find what works for you during these times. It could be a long walk, resistance training, bodyweight, dancing, cycling, running or a combination of a few things. Try moving for a minimum of 30 mins a day. Bonus if you go outside for some Vitamin D (do this safely with a mask and some sunscreen).
Drink Water and Eat Better.
- I know a lot of folks use food and drinks as a way of comfort or to cope with tough situations, I know I have done this BEFORE and during the pandemic but I’ve cut it down since I now have more time to cook at home and want to do better with my self-care. If you haven’t already, increase your water intake and eat a little cleaner if possible. Drinking more water and eating better will not only make your body feel better but also your mind will also be clearer.
- A lot of us have new sleep schedules, good or bad. If yours is bad, it’s okay. You can always adjust it to be a bit more regulated and fruitful. When one is without a job, it’s hard to keep a routine but once you build one (good or bad), it’s hard to break. So aim to sleep at a better time if you aren’t already and sleep for 8 hours or a little more.
- I’ve heard that people are reading more books now than before which is great! But if you haven’t read a book in a while, I think now’s the time to pick up an old favorite, a new adventure or something enlightening. Reading is awesome because during our one human lifetime, we can live hundreds of real and fictional lifetimes. Reading builds empathy and perspective. Not to mention, it gets us a way from screens and allows us to travel without leaving our homes.
Express yourself more.
- Humans are creative, hands down. Even the most “uncreative” person is creative. Find what works for you! Think of the thing you enjoyed doing most as a kid. Whether it was some facet of music, art, drawing, dancing, coloring, doodling, knitting, crocheting, whatever it, pick it up! It’s okay to get lost in something and clear your mind. Allow yourself to live creatively even if that means making pasta paintings with glue, noodles and some paper. Just do it.
Now, that’s enough from me and what I’ve done or learned from others. Take this time to look within and try to bring inner calm. It won’t be easy but it’s possible. You don’t have to do all these things but start with one and build upon that to get the ball rolling. If you want to know more about self care check out some of these articles like this one, this one, or this one.
Have a great week and take care of yourselves!