Self-Care in a Time of Self-Isolation
Self-Care in a time of Self-Isolation
Self-care is a term we’ve all heard before. You may have heard it from your doctor, in the news, or even on your favorite celebrity’s instagram (cue the pics of bubble baths surrounded by warm, inviting candles and a glass of red wine). A simple definition of self care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Exercising self-care can also help improve your mood, manage stress, and prevent burnout.
We all have an idea of what self-care is, but what does self-care actually look like for you?
It can include making sure you are meeting basic needs. Are you getting enough sleep? Are you meeting your nutritional needs? Are you getting enough exercise and outdoor time? Are you drinking enough water?
Self-care can also include knowing your own limits and boundaries. For instance, turning your phone on “Do Not Disturb” mode every night after 8 pm is a way to take care of yourself by enforcing boundaries. Self-care can also mean doing things that you enjoy. Do you like to journal, play music, or read? Taking time every day to do activities you enjoy is another way to practice self-care.
Other ways to practice self-care can include meditating, taking your dog for a long walk outside, or spending time (in-person, over the phone, or via FaceTime) with people that you love. No matter how you practice it, self-care is about being mindful of your own needs and finding ways to be kind to yourself.
But, what does self-care look like during times of self-isolation?
Since most of us are self-isolating due to the coronavirus pandemic, taking care of yourself is even more important now than ever. Humans are social beings, so adjusting to social distancing and quarantine can take a toll on our mental health.
It’s okay to feel anxious, distracted, or lonely right now. Here are some self-care tips for times of self-isolation:
- Don’t forget the basics (eat regular meals, shower daily, try to get enough sleep, drink water)
- Stay connected with people you love via texting, email, phone calls, or video chats
- Try to create a new routine to give your days more structure and balance
- Set an alarm if you tend to oversleep
- Take a break from the news and social media every now and then
- Stay active by exercising inside or taking (solo) walks outside
- Practice mindfulness and meditation
- Write down things that you are grateful for
So, by considering ways that you can take care of your mind and body, what does self-care look like for you? Share your tips on twitter and tag @loynocares.