Living through a pandemic in today’s world is undoubtedly one of the more stressful experiences that many of us have dealt with thus far in our lifetime. These are truly unprecedented times, with so much uncertainty from day to day, and an overwhelming amount of information available at our fingertips—and quite a lot of that information is inaccurate, vague or unsubstantiated.
You may still be gainfully employed—trying desperately to work a full time job from home while juggling the needs of your family members who are also at home all day, every day with you. Or, you may be home all day, trying to get through the various layers of red tape, crashing websites and 30+ minutes of hold music to obtain your unemployment benefits due to a recent layoff or furlough from work due to this crazy Covid-19 crisis. If you’ve managed to stay healthy thus far, then consider yourself beyond blessed. Most of us know at least one person amongst our closest friends and family who have tragically succumbed to this dreadful virus.
There’s lots of talk about the “new normal” but really, there’s nothing normal about any of what is happening in our world right now. With so much out of our control at this point, what seems to make the most sense is to focus intensely on that which we CAN control to help us ride the storm with grace and come out on the other side in good health and ready to move forward, whenever that time may be.
Self-Care during the Covid-19 crisis is definitely challenging, especially if your “normal” self-care go-to’s include spa days, regular workouts at the gym, and coffee dates with good friends. Self-care during lock-down and stay at home orders does require some creativity and flexibility, but it’s do-able, and probably even more essential now than ever before.
Here are some suggestions to help set up a great self-care routine during the current situation.
- Create a routine/schedule for your days and stick to it (mostly)
- Be kind to yourself - now is not the time for self-scrutiny
- Meditate or practice deep breathing to maintain your calm
- Read a good book
- Start a gratitude journal and make an entry EVERY DAY
- Listen to music that puts you in a good mood
- Reach out to friends and family who may be lonely - make others feel good (and it will make you feel good in turn)
- Stay away from news and media sources that may tend towards sensationalism or make you feel anxious.
- Reach out and talk to someone when you feel you need to - don’t go it alone
Diet and Exercise
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Sit down at a table to eat your meals
- Stay Hydrated - Drink plenty of H2O
- Treat yourself to a glass of wine, or your favorite bar of chocolate—you deserve it!
- Pick a specific night once a week to order in dinner from your favorite take out place
- Move your body every day- even if it’s just a walk around the block
- Try out one of the many online exercise classes
- Get into bed at a reasonable time and plan for a good night’s sleep
Beauty and Skincare
- Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser
- Order some new products for home-spa sessions (think masks, massage oils, exfoliating scrubs, etc)
- Worth repeating - Stay Hydrated - Drink plenty of H2O
- Use a high quality moisturizing ointment or cream or after every time you wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer
- For muscle pain or areas on body experiencing pain or inflammation, a CBD cream can be a great source of healing and relief
The possibilities for self-care during the coronavirus crisis are endless, far more than what we could share here. Start by choosing a few that speak to you personally, and switch things up in any way that will work best for you—but be good to yourself and make it happen. You’ll be a better you, a better parent, a better spouse, a better friend, a better boss or employee. You’ll also be better equipped to endure the rest of the time forced to stay home now, and hopefully develop a sense of calm and readiness to get back out there as soon as we get that green light.
About the author: Yaffa Baslaw (@yadeinu) is a Freelance Writer with over a decade of experience copywriting and blogging compelling content. She has written for more than 20 companies in the fields of healthcare, skincare, and retail.