You’ve likely heard about the COVID-19 pandemic on the news. During times like this, a lot of us have our attention fixated on social media and news outlets to try to stay up to date, which can cause more stress and anxiety.
During this time, most businesses, schools, and restaurants have shut their doors, leaving many of us at home.
Being at home for a duration of time can bring many positive self-care benefits, and that’s what we’ll be focussing on today. Amongst the negativity, we can use this time to take time for ourselves and those who we love most.
Here are a few self-care tips during isolation.
Limit Your Time Online
When we’re at home with not much to do, browsing social media becomes a reflex reaction to boredom. Social media can be a useful tool to connect us with those who are far away, especially during a time where we have been advised to socially distance ourselves. However, browsing social media too frequently has been proven to have adverse effects on our mental health and has been linked to depression.
While there’s nothing wrong with being informed, it can cause some anxiety. And, let’s be honest: there’s only so many coronavirus-related memes one can stand to look at in a day!
Exercise contributes to so many health benefits and it’s important to keep our bodies moving, not only for our physical health but for our mental health as well. While many gyms have closed their doors, for the time being, there are many apps and websites online that are offering free classes you can complete at home.
Alternatively, the weather is finally starting to warm up, so you could head outside for a walk or a run.
Treat Yourself To A Spa Day At Home
Just because the spas are closed doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a spa day! While you may not have access to saunas or hot-cold pools, you can create a makeshift spa day at home.
Run yourself a bath, light some candles, put on a face mask and enjoy. Set the mood by playing some soft music or enjoy the silence. Afterward, have herbal tea, put on some comfortable clothes, and cozy up with a good book.
Get Caught Up On Things You’ve Been Meaning To Do
Being at home gives you the opportunity to get caught up on things you’ve been putting off. Cleaning your house can be a calming activity, or you can finally pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read. Have there been any recipes you’ve been meaning to cook, but haven’t had the time? Well, now’s the perfect chance!
If you’re at home with your kids or your spouse, take the time to develop meaningful conversations. Life can be so busy and so hectic that we forget to take the time to talk to those who we love the most.
While this pandemic is, of course, very alarming, we can use the opportunity to see things in a positive light. Just because we’re social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t pick up the phone and call friends or family.
Meditation has been proven to boast numerous health benefits. It has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and can increase your attention span. If you’ve never meditated before, it can feel a little uncomfortable when you first get started. For those who are unsure of how to begin meditating, here’s a helpful guide for how to start. There are also many meditation apps available or YouTube videos that will teach you.
Take The Time To Learn Something New
While being at home, you can take the time to learn something new. If you’ve been wanting to learn a language or a skill, there are a variety of online classes available to help you out.
As frightening as this may seem, we are all in this together. Take the time to remember what you’re grateful for by writing it down in a journal. Get into the habit by writing down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.
Take The Time For You
At Vetta, we believe in taking time to escape from a busy lifestyle and taking time for yourself to embrace your well-being. While we aren’t open to the public at this time, we look forward to opening our doors to allow you the time you deserve to relax.
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Stay safe, everyone!