Today I will be talking about self-care tips during the COVID-19 Pandemic and what has helped me adapt to the lifestyle changes that have occurred.
We are living in uncertain times. Each day brings a new set of challenges and changes to our daily schedule and routine. Many people are feeling the stress and are not sure what the safest way is to manage it.
Whether we embraced or rejected the idea of social distancing, of working from home and of not being able to do all the normal things we used to take for granted, this year took a hit on our well-being and even without knowing this we were affected by our change in lifestyle.
Even the toughest people I’ve known admitted that it was not easy to go through the lock-down period, to be unable to visit their family and to completely give up your social life. As we see an increase in the number of cases the anxiety that we might be going on lock-down arises and we need to make sure we don’t forget about ourselves.
Disclaimer: I am not in any way a certified therapist so all the advice is given from my own experience and should not be taken as medical advice.
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Why do we need to take care of ourselves now more than ever?
In my opinion, as well in the opinion of a countless number of medical professionals, you should be practicing self-care year-round.
But, on March 11, 2020, the WHO (World Health Organization) declared COVID-19 an official pandemic.
On that day, the reality of our world changed.
Now, things arose that made us dismiss the notion of taking care of ourselves. We were too busy, there were more important things going on in the world than our skincare routine, or painting our nails.
But the truth is, you need to take care of yourself now more than ever.
The reason is that we are simply living in stressful times, and to prevent our mental health from going down the drain, self-care is a must. If you are a pro at this, keep doing what you are doing. But, if you have never practiced self-care in your life, there is no better time than now to start.
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self-care tips during the COVID-19 pandemic
As hard as it may be, be sure to stay active. Staying active will strengthen your immune system, which will help your body to fight off any type of illness.
Not only that, but during a time in which we are often feeling distant from the world around us and incredibly uncertain of what the future might hold, staying active will also help to strengthen your mental health as well.
Do an at-home workout. Go for a 30-minute walk or run outside. Do yoga in your basement. Even lift heavy boxes in your garage. Be creative, but just make sure you are remaining active.
Maintain a healthy diet
Staying motivated to eat healthy is extremely difficult during a lockdown, and that can be hard if your energy levels are down from your body trying to process a bad diet.
Maintaining a healthy diet doesn’t mean you need to give up on all the unhealthy foods you love.
It’s all about moderation, listening to your body, and being mindful about what goes into your body.
Eating better has also been shown to increase overall brain function, energy levels, and self-esteem (because when you look good, you feel good!).
I thought this was complete nonsense a few years ago, now I love it.
The one thing that calmed my mind beyond belief, if done properly, is meditation.
This helps you become at peace with your thoughts, and also mindful meditation helps you stay in the present moment.
Try to meditate before breakfast, if not, then late afternoon/early evening is a good time to do it.
Meditation will seem like a chore at first, but the more you practice, it will become more of an enjoyable experience that you will look forward to.
There are tonnes of videos on YouTube to help you get started.
The below channels on YouTube are great for guided meditations;
If you want to learn about meditation, the follow channel is excellent:
If you’re interested in learning more in-depth about meditation, then the below books are excellent:
When you put Mindfulness into practice your vibration will raise massively!
I can’t explain how much this practice has changed my life. When you’re mindful your life will transform massively.
By living in the present moment, you become at peace with your past thoughts and illusions made up in your mind.
Observe your thoughts, become at peace with them, take away the emotional attachment.
When you find your mind wandering, revert back to the present moment.
The more you live in the present moment, the mind quickly loses control over you. The mind is a tool that should be working for you, not controlling you.
This takes a lot of practice, as your mind has spent so many years in control. The mind has been projecting its illusions on you all your life.
Purchase a book, research it on YouTube. The Mindfulness practice is life changing when used consistently and persistently!
Want to find out how practicing Mindfulness helped me turn my life around? Then see below:
- Why is Mindfulness Important? – Read How Mindfulness Changed my life
- 8 Easy Mindfulness Activities – Simple Guide to Calm The Mind!
Some great channels that I use for mindfulness videos, are the following:
I also recommend the following books to read:
Practice gratitude everyday
During hard times like what we’ve been dealing with, it can be hard to focus on the things that are going well because so many difficult things have been going on.
All of the great things to be grateful for can be overshadowed by all of the chaos around you. Which, makes it all the more important to start practicing gratitude.
Even on the days that it seems like the world is crumbling around you, there are still many things to be grateful for. This exercise can shift your mindset and calm stress. What you focus on is very important!
Take in nature
When you ground yourself in nature, you discharge negativity, and even more importantly, you recharge yourself with the loving and nurturing energy from Mother Earth.
After grounding yourself you’ll feel renewed, refreshed, centred, and balanced. Whether you simply walk barefoot in your garden, or go to the beach or the wood, just get out in nature, allow yourself to be present by opening all your senses: see, taste, hear, smell and feel.
If you live in a big city or work in an office, you may feel you don’t have much opportunity to connect with nature.
Nature time could be:
- Spend time in your garden.
- Walk around a park.
- Go to the woods.
- Plan your next vacation around nature time.
- Visit a lake or river
This is also where crystals, essential oils and houseplants come in. You may want to bring little bits of nature with you and consciously tune into them at home.
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Keep A Routine
Sticking to a regular routine can help you regain a sense of stability and keep a better structure to your days during a time when it feels like we can’t even keep track of what day it is.
Have you ever slept in way too late and just felt like your whole day was ruined and like you were so behind on everything? I have for sure and it’s not a good feeling! So, try to wake up and go to bed at the same time every day, and stick to somewhat of a consistent routine to reduce your stress.
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Limit your social media/ news consumption
Even for me, limiting social media or even unplugging completely is the hardest for me. Asides from trying to drive traffic to my blog and grow my accounts grow, social media helps me stay in touch.
It also keeps me informed about the state of the world and the new rules surrounding the current lockdown. But all of this, to be honest, can be too much. Right now, except you work for a news publisher, it’s not healthy to keep track of the current coronavirus cases.
You need to detach yourself from it to be able to cope with the situation. Already, people are mentally struggling with the lockdown. Subjecting yourself to daily news is just going to do more harm than good.
I’ve already starting limiting my news consumption and I can feel the difference in my health. You should try it too.
Choose your focus
Self-care and mental health are all about understanding what you want your focus in life to be and what choices you make based on that. This could involve moving your focus to a new hobby or passion, or changing your attitude towards the things that bring negativity to your life.
By choosing what you focus on in your life, this means you stay busy and concentrate on those things that make you feel positive, happy, and in control of yourself and your mental and physical health.
Make sleep a priority
Both your body and mind are experiencing a lot of changes right now. We have never had to be cooped up for this long.
One of the best things you can do for your body and mind is to give them time to rest and adjust to what is the new normal – at least what has been the new normal during recent times and looks to be for the foreseeable future.
Regardless of the time you normally wake up, try to get to be a half-hour earlier or even an hour earlier. Give your body and mind the rest they need so that they can perform to the best of their ability. Strive for no less than 7-8 hours of sleep per night. If you are having a difficult time getting this amount, ask yourself what’s more important: sleep or Netflix?
- Go to bed by 22:00 as the most regenerative sleep is between 22:00 and 02:00
- Aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night
- Avoid eating 3 hours before bedtime
- Remove all electronics from your bedroom when sleeping
- Turn off all lights and make your bedroom dark – important for production of melatonin (sleep hormone)
Read self-help books & articles
One of my favourite things to do when I feel overwhelmed is read. It makes you realise that the things you are feeling are not uncommon and that things will get better. I also find that it can open my mind and allow me to see something in a different way.
Schedule time to connect with friends/family weekly
Connecting with family and friends may increasingly fall off your radar as the pandemic stretches on, so that’s why it becomes even more important to keep up with outreach. Connecting with those you love will help you feel grounded, and remind you about the world and people outside of your immediate living space.
Self-care tips during the COVID-19 pandemic – Final thought
Your body and mind are always going to be your most valuable assets. To get through each day, you need to do whatever you can do in order to keep both in good shape.
Remember to cut yourself some slack and to go easier on yourself during these challenging and pressing times. Schedule time for yourself and make yourself your own number one priority. Your mind and body will thank you.
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