While we are forced to stay inside, it’s easy to forget about self-care.
After all, self-care is for the people who are busy all the time and who have to deal with the hourly rush of homework among other activities.
For us at home, watching television is a form of self-care.
It really isn’t. It’s actually destroying our brain at this moment.
Self-care at home is more important than ever. Without social contact with people around us, our mental health declines. Coupled with staying home all the time and not taking a breath of fresh air, we lose our creative thinking process. Our ability to see through situations and take charge of conversations becomes muddled as we attempt to sort out the different interactions with our family and the lack of interaction with the bright and colorful world.
How to “self-care” during covid-19
- Take a walk outside.
Not only will it clear your mind from the mugginess within your home, you can find inspiration in nature. Besides, walking alone on the sidewalk will give you that “alone” time you have been craving for. Being around your family constantly as well as your roommates is sure to take a toll on your mind.
- Read a book.
Not only will it get your mind going, you can relax.
- Drink plenty of water.
It’s easy to forget to drink water when you’re constantly working or watching television. But drinking water is essential to staying alert and staying hydrated/healthy.
- Don’t forget to eat healthy.
I have been chowing down on chips, ice-cream, chocolate, and other what-nots because I feel like it and I usually have nothing to do than eat. But everything is moderation, like my father likes to say. So don’t go overboard on the junk-food. Set a limit for yourself each day; although some days you won’t succeed at eating your desired amount, you’ll get there. It’s also a great way to build towards a goal of losing weight.
- Start journaling.
I know I’ve said this before, but it’s important in letting your stress out. If you’re like me and don’t feel like talking to other people about your problems, journaling is the next best thing. I have many a journal filled with my problems and my anger. Besides, the stress levels with the protests and covid-19 is just as high as ever; journaling provides an outlet for that stress.
- Exercise indoors. Or take up yoga!
Exercise is great for releasing endorphins and offering a bit of normality into a completely changed life. And, if you’re not into hard-core exercise, yoga is great for relaxing the mind and the body.
Those are six ways to maintaining a healthy mind and body during quarantine! Be sure to include other ways you have been keeping healthy in the comments!
Lots of love, and practice self-care,