Mastering Self-Care in Quarantine
Author: Riley Pearce
Director of Social Media
Self-care used to be reserved for those quiet Sundays where we finally had a moment to slow down and take a break from our busy lives. Now that we are all at home and the usual hustle and bustle of our daily lives has been put on hold, we are realizing that self-care is more important than ever.
We were not meant to be stuck inside, limiting contact with other humans, which makes this social-distancing situation problematic. Experiencing some mental health struggles at this time is completely normal. With the right strategies it can also be managed, and if done right, you could find yourself feeling more self-aware and better equipped for everyday life when this is all over.
Here are a few self-care tips to help you care for your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing while at home.
Re-Evaluate Your Priorities
With more time at home we have more time to reflect on our lives and what we may have been giving too much time, but also what we haven’t been giving enough time to.
Many people are already reporting that the additional time with their family is making them realize just how much time they were spending away from them, prioritizing staying at the office or other activities.
Work has moved home for many of us, this means that working on your work-life balance is more important than ever, otherwise you can find yourself blurring the lines between home time and work time. This will lead to burn-out and even resentment towards work, and the home office-space.
Create Intentional Time In Your Schedule for Movement
The best way to care for the body is to give it many opportunities to move. Set aside time every day, for intervals of at least 10 minutes at a time, to get up and move.
The movement doesn’t need to be an all-out workout either. You can follow a workout via remote sessions, or a workout video, but you can also do the stairs in your home or apartment building for a couple of minutes, you can work on your squat form, drop down and hold a plank or practice your pushup technique.
Best of all is getting outside and moving in the fresh air. If there is one good thing about the lockdowns, is that it is happening during spring. The sun is coming back and the outdoors are becoming more inviting. Take advantage of this and breathe in that crisp, fresh, spring air.
Find quiet time
Being at home all the time means that you’re constantly surrounded by noise. Someone is making food in the kitchen, the kids are playing, you are getting alerts on your computer for the next meeting.
You may not even realize while it is happening, but all of that sensory input can exhaust the mind and body. So find time for quiet.
If the home is a busy place, go outside without headphones and take a walk in the peace of nature. If you are able to at home, turn off as many of the “buzzing” appliances and fixtures as you can. Turn off your phone and mute your computer and just enjoy the silence for a few minutes.
These little moments of silence will help recharge the brain and make you feel more alert and settled for the next set of tasks.
Learn to listen to your body
You will have a lot more time for meal prep and recipe research. During this time explore new foods, remind yourself of foods that fueled you, and learn how to listen to your body.
Learn to know when that hunger pang is hunger or boredom. Listen to the headaches and figure out the real source – like dehydration, stress, or sugar cravings – instead of just taking something for it immediately.
Be aware of the bathroom and what that can tell you about your internal health. It is one of the best ways to gain insight into your internal wellbeing.Self-care doesn’t always need to be face masks and trips to the spa (although those are lovely). Self-care can include all ways in which you find ways to become more self-aware, and in that, you find ways to actually care for you.