Since the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of people are practicing social distancing or self-isolation and thus staying home in order to avoid contracting or spreading the dangerous virus. This is the safest thing to do. However, this also means that some of our daily routines have changed and that we need to adapt to this new, temporarily enforced lifestyle. In terms of mental state and health, this is a very difficult situation to handle. In order to maintain our physical and mental health and to lead a somewhat normal lifestyle, we should take a closer look at ways to practice self-care in the time of coronavirus.
1. Maintain a balanced diet
Staying healthy at home during the coronavirus lockout is a topic that comes to many people’s minds. Eating healthily is crucial at all times, but especially now when we need our immune system to be the strongest. Maintaining a well-balanced diet means eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, chicken, eggs, fish, nuts and avoiding highly-processed food. This kind of healthy diet is beneficial not only for our physical but also for our mental health. Studies have shown that it reduces the risk of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, as well as depression and anxiety. Be mindful of the food you take in and make sure you eat plenty of complex carbohydrates, vitamins A, B, C, D, E and minerals such as iron, zinc and selenium. Taking care of our gut is reflected in our mood and psychological well-being. So, eat healthy to be happy!
2. Exercise – it’s important
The fact is that we are constricted to our homes and maybe yards. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that we can’t do any exercise. Before the virus outbreak, most people had a routine that worked for them, it was perhaps jogging in the park or going to the gym. Even though these things are restricted now for some time and not recommended for the benefits of global well-being, there are things you can do at home as well. There are plenty of videos online and even free courses that you can join and find out how you can improvise exercising inside your home. In this way, you’ll keep your body fit and your mind at ease, knowing that you’re doing everything you would do in a non-pandemic situation, just in a slightly different way.
3. Give your body some TLC
Spending more time at home is a perfect opportunity to allow yourself for some pampering. We often complain that we don’t have enough time for regular self-care. Well, now, more free time is imposed on the vast majority of people around the globe. Your job is to use this time wisely. Remember all those face peelings and masks that you have bought over the past period? Well, now is the time to use them! Exfoliate and moisturize your skin – it probably desperately needs it. Put some coconut oil on your hair overnight, it will make your hair look fresh and shiny. Provide your feet with some extra care, do manicures and pedicures. If you’re working from home, get ready as you would do for your regular job, put on some makeup and do everything you would do in a normal situation. This helps your mind stay focused and concentrated. Just be mindful of the products you use – make sure they are natural and organic as they come in touch with your skin directly. Make sure you choose an organic concealer, lipstick and mascara for the fresh and yet healthy look.
4. Take up a hobby
Even though nobody wanted to find themselves in this situation, we need to find ways to deal with it healthily in order to stay healthy and sane. This might be the perfect opportunity for you to take up a hobby that you’ve thought about for some time; or that you’ve just come up with, as you had some extra time for thinking. Of course, for now, it must be something you can do from home. So, start learning a language, take up some courses for your professional improvement or just for fun, learn to program, meditate, do yoga or write a book. The feeling of doing something useful and fun can help you endure through this difficult period.
The majority of us have never been in a pandemic-like situation and this is the first time we’ve been faced with it. So, everything is new and unfamiliar to us. What we know is that this situation is hard on many, even mentally strong people. Exactly because of that, we need to find ways to fill our time properly until we reach the end of this pandemic. And what best way to use the time than on self-care?