Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started, times have become harder for everyone. Many people have lost jobs, stranded at home and uncertain about the future. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the stressful situation. However, it is also important to take care of ourselves.
Self care has become even more essential for our well being. Dr Christine Carter from the University of California has advised that “Self care is not selfish. This is a time of incredible anxiety and stress. Focusing on what makes us feel nourished, on what gives us meaning, is part of easing those feelings and giving us a more solid foundation.”
Facing the “new” normal isn’t easy and so, it is of great importance to take care of our health. But how do we keep the balance?
Here are 10 tips you can incorporate during these hard times.
- Sleep well. It is very important to get enough sleep. Yes, it’s natural to worry about things but that has greater side effects such as sleep deprivation, stress and changes in mood. Even our body systems work better when we give ourselves more resting time.
2. Stay active. We can also keep active indoors. There are many videos on YouTube on yoga and exercise. Many workout apps are also available for free. Being active keeps your away from negative thoughts.
3. Keep a journal. Not expressing one’s thoughts can also lead to depression. Instead you can get a new book and write down something. It can be everyday or alternate days, whatever suits you. But the point is to give an outlet to your thoughts. In this way you will feel lighter and perhaps, after reading you can think of something positive to do.
4. Chat with your family and friends. Because of the pandemic, many people have to stay at home and therefore, there’s minimal physical interaction for fear of getting infected. However, technology has provided the opportunity to communicate with others. Whether its by WhatsApp, Zoom, texting or even a simple phone call to inquire after them and share your own experiences.
5. Cooking at home. Although we are tempted to order take away but the best meal is home made meals. It doesn’t matter what type of dish it is. As long as you can cook or learn online, it’s more healthier and gives you a break from a stressful situation.
6. Stay away from watching too much news. It’s important to know the latest happenings in the world but it is also unhealthy to be watching news the whole day. That’s because most of the time the same news would be repeated. Also most of the news can end up depressing you. Instead, you can watch the headlines and use the remaining time doing something productive.
7. Listen to music. You can download your favorite music and songs or listen online. Make a playlist so that it would be easier to play them. Listening to music reduces stress and brings a smile to your face.
8. Watch videos or read books. This can be anything from TV shows and movies. Anything that suits you to uplift your mood. If you prefer to read, you can pick up any book you have at home or go online. There are books on many topics and genres which can help you to zone out from what’s happening in the world.
9. Learn something new. Since the pandemic started, many websites have come up to help people pass time by learning something. Learning new things also builds up your confidence and you never know what can be useful tomorrow. You can register on websites such as Skillshare and Simplivlearning, explore the different courses offered and do what catches your interest.
10. Declutter your home. While we are busy with our jobs and many other responsibilities, we may not have time to organize things in our house. Now with all the free time in the world, you can go through your house and arrange things according to your taste.