There is no doubt the world has been rocked by the coronavirus. Widespread panic and a flimsy economy are enough to make anyone develop anxiety. Not to mention, the federal government is suggesting weeks, possibly months, of social distancing. To keep yourself from going stir-crazy, you need to know how you can still practice self-care during times of crisis.
Practicing Self-Care During Times of Crisis is Important
Believe it or not, continuing to practice self-care during social distancing and other times of crisis is extremely important to maintaining your health. Even though you aren’t able to do the same things you’d normally be doing throughout the day, you can still take care of yourself.
Self-care during times of crisis includes things like focusing on eating well, exercising, staying in contact with others, and doing things you enjoy. Incorporating that into your time away from others can be key to keeping up your physical and mental health.
What Can You Do During Social Distancing?
Now, you’re probably thinking, “Amanda, the gyms and restaurants around me are closed. I’m not supposed to hang out with people and I’m stuck inside.” Well, thankfully, there are still a few self-care practices you can do at home. Here are just a few to employ while you’re distancing yourself…
- Get active! Even though the gym is closed, you can still try and stay active. Do at-home workout videos or yoga. It is also safe to go on a walk (or run) as long as you won’t be walking on a heavily-populated street and are in good health.
- Read (or listen to) a book. While you’re at home, this is the perfect time to catch up on some reading. If you’re not big on reading, Amazon has a plethora of books on Audible.
- Find things that make you laugh and smile. Stuff is scary right now. During times of crisis, try and find something that will pick your spirits up (Netflix has a ton of good standup specials).
- Cross some things off your DIY to-do list. Why not use this time to improve your living space? You’ll be surprised how much decluttering and cleaning your home can help clear your mind.
- Check-in with yourself and others. You need to be more self-aware during this time. Times of crisis can be emotionally overwhelming and, before you know it, you could be headed towards a breakdown or a bout of depression. Be sure you know what balance you need to keep a level head during this time. Additionally, it may be a good idea to start checking in with friends and family via video chat to help you feel less socially isolated.
Maintain Your Self-Worth
Lastly, it is so important to maintain your self-worth during times of crisis. Right now, with COVID-19 spreading across the globe, many people have been laid-off. Being unemployed can contribute to feelings of decreased self-worth.
Just remember, this is only temporary. The best thing you can do is practice self-care and focus on maintaining your own personal health (mentally and physically) at this time.
Readers, how do you practice self-care during these times?