Since the coronavirus pandemic started, we’ve received information from several sources urging us to make every effort to take care of ourselves. From washing our hands often, wearing a mask any time we’re in a public space, avoiding large social gatherings, and using hand sanitizer more than we ever have before, it’s clear to see that life as we knew it is likely a thing of the past, at least for a while. On top of all the adjustments we’ve had to make, we’ve all likely felt some anxiety or fear as we try to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the virus.
In light of all we’ve faced this year, self-care is more of a priority than ever. Here are six ways to practice self-care at home during the quarantine.
Create a Routine
Whether you’re working from home, teaching your children from home, or helping your children navigate through virtual public school learning, it’s important to create a routine for yourself. Since you’re likely at home longer than you’d usually be, it can be easy to complete tasks whenever you have the motivation to do so. Schedule time for work, your meals, and your children’s homework times. You should also set your alarm to the same time every year and make sure your children have a bedtime. When you establish a sense of normalcy, you’re less likely to feel as anxious and can get through the day without feeling overwhelmed.
Get Enough Sleep
Even though you may be feeling more restless than usual, it’s essential that you try to get enough sleep. Adults should sleep for 7-9 hours a night. This may be challenging for you depending on your schedule, but making some changes to your schedule can help you accomplish this goal. Try going to be 15 minutes earlier than normal. Every few days, add another 15 minutes to your bedtime until you’re getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night. It’s also a good idea to turn off your TV and put away your phone or tablet about 15 minutes before you go to bed. This helps to calm your mind and give you a break from social media and news coverage.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Make sure your diet is filled with fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins. You need to make sure your immune system is as strong as possible, and you need the mental and physical energy to keep up with work and school requirements. You can even make sure your meals are more interesting by looking up new recipes and trying a new meal each week.
It’s important to keep your body moving during this time. Try to work out for at least 30 minutes a day. You can jog or run in your neighborhood, which is great if you want to get out of the house for a while. Now is also a good time to purchase some new at-home exercise equipment to help you burn calories, especially if you’ve been indulging in sweet treats or salty snacks during the quarantine.
Make Significant Life Changes
Even though the world may seem chaotic, you can use this time to make changes in your life or accomplish a goal you’ve been putting off. You can enroll in school to get your degree, take a training or certification class to perfect your hobby, or create a plan to accomplish your health or weight loss goals. When you see yourself reaching important milestones, you’ll gain more self-confidence and gain a more positive outlook on life.
Take Time for Yourself
It’s important that you take a few moments each day for yourself. Whether you want to read a few chapters of your favorite book, brew a delicious cup of Kona coffee, take a bubble bath, or spend some time meditating, it’s essential that you can a moment to remind yourself that your peace of mind is important. Your growing concern for the country, your family members, and your livelihood can easily send you into a state of panic. Making your peace of mind a priority can keep you calmer during this unprecedented time.
During this time, there are several things happening in our world that we have no control over. Making sure you control as many aspects of your life as you can make you feel more at ease and remind you that you need to take time to relax and take care of your mind and body.