Right now might be the most difficult time of all to practice self-care. But despite the current state of the world, it’s important that we still take time for ourselves. Many of us are feeling down and super stressed, among other overwhelming feelings. When the weight of the world starts to feel like too much, it’s good for your mental health to go slow and focus on recharging your battery if you can. Here are some of our helpful tips to help you practice self-care during this troubling time.
Here are my suggestions for 7 tips to help you practice self-care during hard times.
Don’t Forget to Rest
Many of us are running on empty right now, and that’s perfectly understandable. But continuous lack of sleep is a recipe for disaster. When we get proper rest, it helps our bodies to stay healthy and keeps our immune systems up—which is obviously of great importance during this time. If you are having trouble sleeping at night, try for a nap during the daytime if you can manage it. Additionally, avoid drinking too much caffeine, because excessive caffeine can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Be sure to schedule in enough sleep as part of your self-care.
Release Your Thoughts
If you are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety and stressed, don’t be afraid to reach out to those closest to you to talk about it. Everyone is feeling the stress of this pandemic in some way, and you are not alone. But the way you deal with the stress can certainly take a toll on your well-being. Call up a friend or family member and just have a chat.
Or, if you like to write, journal about what you are feeling and experiencing right now. Isolation alone is a trigger for anxiety. You may not realize just how cathartic it can be to purge your thoughts. Remember, by purging your mind of troublesome thoughts, it helps to alleviate you of some of your worry.
Get Your Body and Mind Moving
By exerting physical energy or exercising your mind, you can get your mind off of stress and worry at least for the time being. There are several online exercise programs you can try out, as well as virtual tours you can take of museums and zoos. Pretend you are somewhere else for a moment, and try to ease your mind from feeling “stuck” in one place (your house).
And, if you can manage, try to eat healthy and don’t overindulge in alcohol, bearing in mind that alcohol is actually a depressant. Rely on using your body and your mind as methods for releasing stress during these hard times. Your body will thank you for it, too. Meditating is another way to connect deeper with your mind and body during these hard time, too.
Check out this post if you’re in search of some yoga poses to help relieve you of your stress and anxiety.
Have a Spa Day at Home
Obviously many of us might look like we are in shambles right now, but there’s no reason why you don’t deserve a little pampering. If you have daughters, this is a fun way to bond and play while practicing self-care. Take turns giving each other pedicures or styling each other’s hair. It might not turn out like a masterpiece, but don’t worry, because it’s not like you’re going to be out running errands looking kid-approved crazy.
Connect with Something You Enjoy
When you can catch a break from your kids’ cartoons, try to unwind by watching one of your favorite old movies or listen to a podcast to relax your mind. If you need a recommendation on what to binge, check out this classic chick flick list. And if you like listening to podcast, the Ted Talks Daily are my personal favorite. I may or may not have cried multiple times listening to those inspirational and uplifting podcasts.
Make a Routine for Yourself
Routines help to keep many of us sane. Although all of our routines have been extremely disrupted, try to make one for yourself that adapts to your new lifestyle, and stick with it. It’s important to still be spontaneous should you feel stuck or in a rut, and going for a drive or a walk might help if you start feeling stir crazy.
Soak up Some Sun
A little vitamin D never hurt anyone. Hang out in your backyard and read a magazine, or do some breathing exercises outside while you breathe some fresh air. Hanging out outdoors will help keep you from feeling cooped up and can help you to connect with nature and the world around you. Plus, you’ll feel the positive energy from the warm sun perk up your mood in the process.
Do you have any self-care tips that have helped you our tremendously right now? We’d love to hear from you! Share them with us in the comments section.