These past few weeks have been pretty overwhelming for all of us, no matter what situation we are in. Even those of us who are just stuck at home are feeling lots of emotions and are trying to navigate a situation that is unlike anything we have ever experienced. So today I am sharing a list of 15 simple ways to care for yourself during COVID-19.
While running is one of my tools for taking care of myself, it’s not always the most relaxing activity. I like to balance those harder workouts with other self-care strategies depending on how I am feeling. Throughout the day while I am watching my son and working from home I can’t just walk out the door and go for a run. However, I can usually find a few minutes to do one of these other self-care activities.
1. Take a bath
To be honest, this is not something I do regularly anymore. I do find them to be very relaxing, especially on a rest day after a hard run or workout!
A few years ago during Lent instead of giving something up I committed to meditating every day. I used the Calm app but there are many more out there. I was able to get Headspace for free after taking a Mindfulness training at work, and they offer a 2 week free trial. You may need to test out a few apps to see what you like best.
3. Deep Breathing
I find it easier to focus on deep breathing than to meditate, although the two can go hand in hand. This can be as simple as spending a few seconds breathing in, holding it for a few seconds, and slowly breathing out.
When using yoga to relax (rather than as a workout) I like to keep my sessions short and very easy. I also think it’s important to have a good teacher who is calming and says just enough. You don’t necessarily need to follow a video either. You could just get on your mat (or on the floor) and do a few poses.
Unfortunately, this is not the time to be going to get a massage. But maybe you can spend some time with a foam roller. Or recruit a significant other or child to give you a back rub or foot rub.
6. Alone time
Many of us have been with our family members 24/7 for 2 weeks now. As much as we love them, it’s important to get a few minutes to yourself. Especially if you have kids that are very needy. Try to take a few minutes to yourself. You can do one of the other activities on this list, or just do nothing. The other day Rob took Grayson upstairs for like 10 minutes and I just laid on the coach with a beer scrolling through Instagram. I didn’t realize how much I needed those few minutes to myself!
Take a few minutes to write down how you are feeling. Even if you don’t journal regularly, writing can be therapeutic and can help you process your emotions during this crazy time.
8. Take a Walk
We have gone out for a walk every day over the past few weeks unless it’s been raining. It feels so good to get some fresh air and sunshine. We see kids riding bikes, other families walking around, and lots of sidewalk chalk drawings. It’s kind of like a reminder that the real world still actually exists outside our house.
Have a glass of wine, a bowl of ice cream, some homemade cookies, or whatever hits the spot for you.
10. Spa Day
Again, you can’t actually go to the spa right now, but you can do some things at home like giving yourself a pedicure or a facial. Flip flop season will be here soon!
If you have a few extra minutes, catch up on some sleep!
12. Online Shopping
Try to shop from small businesses when you can, or even local stores that have online ordering. This is such a challenging time for many businesses so even though we aren’t going to stores its good to support them when we can.
13. Spring Cleaning
If you are really starting to get bored, you can do some spring cleaning! It’s always a good feeling to do some deep cleaning and organizing.
Step away from the phone and computer! I have spent way too much time on social media these days and have actually turned on the news (which I never usually do). It can be very distressing after awhile. If you need to distract yourself from the electronics you can try one of the other activities on this list.
Many of us are feeling helpless right now. I try to remind myself that I am doing my part by staying home. Other that supporting small/local businesses there are other ways to help out too. Maybe you can help someone older with getting groceries (even if that means ordering online for them!) You can also donate to the Red Cross or register for a virtual race that donates money to the CDC. But no matter what you do, stay home!
Hopefully this gives you some ideas for ways to can take care of yourself during this pandemic! Remember that no matter what your situation is, we all have the right to feel however we are feeling. Taking care of yourself will allow you to take care of others.
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How are you taking care of yourself during COVID-19?
What is your favorite self-care strategy?
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