Self-Care During The Coronavirus
Self-care during the Coronavirus is more important than ever! How to take care of yourself during the Coronavirus. Life is rough right now. There is nothing good on the news, because it is all about the Coronavirus and death tolls. Kids and spouses are at home constantly. It doesn’t feel like there is an escape, right? I know the feeling!
But this is an excellent time to take care of ourselves. In fact, it is more important than ever, in my opinion. With spouses and kids demanding a lot more attention, we need to take care of ourselves because we can’t pour from an empty glass, so to speak. Or the term burning the candle at both ends comes to mind.
Read a book
Reading is an excellent way to sit down and focus on something. I find when I can’t settle, this is the way to make me do it, and I’m drawn in to a story. It is also relaxing. Starting a book club with friends would be a fun idea too. With social distancing, it would need to be done remotely, but that is still totally a do-able thing. Or start a group email about the book, and everybody adds their thoughts in.
FaceTime Family and Friends
Just because we can’t actually get together doesn’t mean we can’t communicate. FaceTime is a great tool to bring us closer to the people we care about. Keeping those connections alive is vital for all of us. Humans are meant to be social creatures, and we need that interaction.
Take a Bath
I always used to think this was such a cliche. But it really is relaxing, and that is important when anxiety and tensions are high. Meltdowns can become a daily thing. Taking the time to relax and indulge a bit never hurts anyone. Grab a glass of wine, light a couple of candles, a favorite bubble bath, and lock the door. Just enjoy the time to yourself.
Give Yourself a Mani/Pedi
Salons are closed, and that makes hair and nail care a bit more difficult. Taking care of our hands is important, especially with increased hand washing. Our hands become dry and cracked with a bunch of handwashing, so taking care to prevent that is important. Plus a fresh coat of polish on the nails just makes anyone feel better.
Cleaning is something that always makes me feel better. I thrive in an organized environment, and taking the time for a cleaning project is very therapeutic for me. Spring cleaning is also a great time to downsize the home too. If you have kids, have them pick five toys they no longer use or want to donate, and then replace it with one new one.
Grab A Take-Out Meal
I’m not a fan of not being able to go to my favorite restaurants and eat like I normally can. However, picking up a take-out meal from my favorite restaurants not only supports businesses that are still open at this time, but it is comforting. Even with eating it at home, there is still something very comforting in the familiarity of eating out. It’s probably the closest thing to normal as we can get right now. Nathan and I try to do this once a week, just for the comfort factor. Plus a drive to the restaurant gets us out of the house and into the sunshine for a bit.
Go For A Walk Or Drive
Spring is here! Get out in the sun, even for just 30 minutes a day to soak in some vitamin D and clear your head. Walking is good for the soul.
Or, go for a drive. That’s the absolute definition of social distancing to me. I’m in my vehicle, music up as loud as I want, and enjoying a nice sunny day with a drive out into the country. Hard to breathe on anybody else inside my vehicle. But it still gets me out and about too.
Take A Break From Social Media
We all need to practice some social distancing with social media. Without much else to do, it is even easier than usual to get sucked into social media and lose track of time. But it is filled with depressing news, people complaining about the Coronavirus, and so much more. Sometimes we just need to step away from that and let our eyes and mind just breathe.
Taking a break from social media is an excellent method of practicing self-care during the Coronavirus.
Attitude Is Everything!
It is very easy to have a bad attitude about everything that is going on right now, especially since we’ve been in the same state for over a month now. Being a Negative Nancy is easier than being positive. But our attitude can easily affect others around us because things are so tense. One of my favorite quotes is “don’t take life too seriously because you’ll never get out of it alive.”
There is nothing we can do but make the best of a bad situation and try to learn as much as possible from the experience. Be positive and share that positive energy with others as well.
Remember Self Care Isn’t Selfish!
I can’t emphasize this enough right now. Self care is vital for everyone. Don’t ever forget that, or let anyone tell you otherwise.
How are you handling the Coronavirus and being socially distant from everyone? Tell me about your experiences in the comments. Are you practicing self-care during the Coronavirus? Click here for other life related posts.