23 Mar Self care strategies you need right now
With the arrival of COVID-19, and as we practice social distancing and isolation measures, it’s important to consider self care. You have to take care of yourself in order to properly take care of others… and yes, even the little things can make a big difference. Don’t just take our word for it, try some or all of these tried and true strategies to show yourself a little love on a daily basis.
- Enjoy a long, hot soak in the tub or a soothing shower – Treat yourself to a daily bath or shower with subtly scented products that promote relaxation.
- Spend time reading – lose yourself in a good book for a while each day — or keep your brain sharp by devoting a few minutes a day to learning a new language.
- Check in on others – by phone or using technology. Banish isolation for yourself and others by staying connected.
- Get fit virtually – take time to stay active and fit by following an online fitness class or enjoying a walk or run.
- Send notes of appreciation and thanks – make someone’s day by sending them a note of appreciation, recognition or thanks.
- Take a break from the news – the news cycle repeats itself over and over again in a 24-hour period, so checking in on headlines once or twice a day should give you your fill.
- Meal prep – look out a few recipes and cook up a storm, prepping meals to enjoy now, freeze for later, or to drop off (at the door as we practice distancing) of friends in need, grandparents, etc. Many people find cooking and baking relaxing activities that promote self-nurturing and caring for others.
- Dance – no explanation needed here. Just press play on some tunes of your choice and start moving. Physical activity benefits our physical and mental health. It all counts, so even a few minutes a few times a day offers health benefits.
- Get creative and crafty – now’s a good time to pick up a musical instrument you’ve ignored, or to get crafty with craft supplies, to return to knitting, to do some creative writing, or do get creative your way.
- Get a little extra sleep – even an extra 20-30 minutes a night or a short cat-nap can leave us feeling refreshed and better able to cope. Learn more.
- Practice mindfulness – even just 20 minutes a day can leave you feeling refreshed, present, and in control.
- Spend time in nature – spending time in nature leads to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, lower blood pressure, and a lower pulse rate. Right now, due to social distancing guidelines, you’re best to enjoy nature on your own or only with those in your household.
- Do a digital detox – There are health benefits to going tech-free for a portion of each day… so unplug and enjoy life in the slow lane more often.
- Hug those you love – hugs offer all sorts of health benefits… so does a cuddle with a cherished dog or cat – but only with those you’re at home with and only if you’re all healthy. Once we’re through the COVID-19 social distancing measures, you’ll be able to hug more freely. Don’t forget that you can also send virtual hugs!
- Breathe deeply – meditation and mindfulness offer well-documented health benefits—including reducing anxiety and depression, according to a 2014 study in JAMA Internal Medicine.
- Learn more about conquering stress – we’ve got some simple tools that can help.
- Ask for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, share your burden with someone you trust and don’t be afraid to ask for help.