To say 2020 has been off to a rough start would be an understatement. Trust me when I say that I understand how hard it can be to stay positive when we are being constantly bombarded with potentially scary or unsettling news. In light of Covid-19 I wanted to share 6 simple ways I’m practicing self-care and self-compassion right now in a time of social distancing.
How to Practice Self Care while Practicing Social Distancing
I live in Canada, and locally where I am we have been fairly lucky so far in terms of cases of the virus. We are still being advised by our provincial and federal governments though to practice social distancing. They have said all social gatherings of more than 250 people must be cancelled for now, and it’s important to physically distance yourself from people in public.
I’m an introvert so while I generally enjoy being at home, and spending time by myself, it feels a bit more anxiety-induced when it’s being partially mandated by the government. In an effort to prevent my anxiety from spiralling out of control for things outside of my control, I’ve created a quick round up of things I can do to practice some self love. Spoiler alert: watching the news or refreshing Twitter is not on the list.
6 Ways I’m Practicing Self Care Right Now!
One: Opening The Windows
This seems like a simple one, but believe me – I feel 100x better once I open up the windows in my house. It’s still cold here (at the time of writing here its 3 degrees Celsius), but the sun is shining, so that’s a good enough excuse to open the windows in my books. Being able to breath in the fresh air while working around the house, or reading a book, makes me feel so much more energized.
While you may not necessarily be able to go to the gym right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t exercise and get the blood pumping! There are so many workout videos you can get for free on Youtube, you could go for a walk around the block, or maybe do some exercises outside in your yard. Just because we’re being told to lay low doesn’t mean you need to sleep all day and night!
Three: Mini At Home Spa Experience
I don’t know about you, but I get so many bath and body products for holidays and they tend to accumulate faster than I can use them. I’m taking this time at home to look after my body, some examples of things you can do are: take a bath, exfoliate, do your nails, put on a face mask, light some candles, use a diffuser, play some spa music.
Four: Get Organized
In an effort to avoid the rabbit hole of netflix I’m using this time to try and get organized! I have a week off of my day job in a couple of weeks (irregardless of the state of the world), so I’ve been trying to prepare so I can spend my staycation as productive as possible. Take this time to update your planners (I’ve been working in my bullet journal, Powersheets, Erin Condren, and Passion Planner). I’m also creating a master to-do list for my whole house declutter & deep clean (p.s. I’m planning on writing a series with this on my week off as I go through room by room – let me know in the comments if you’d be interested in that!). Some people may say that working in your planner, or decluttering isn’t self care but for me it is! Do you agree?
Five: Work on Hobbies
You know those knitting needles and yarn you bought 3 years ago and haven’t touched? Pull them out! Take this time at home to work on your hobbies! I personally am reigniting my love for cross sticking. If you don’t have anything like this at home, why not sign up for Skillshare? There are SO MANY videos and classes you can take, from web design to drawing. You’re sure to find a hobby you enjoy!
Six: Check in with Loved Ones
The final way you could practice some social self care right now would be to check in with your loved ones. While you may not be able to go visit them, take this time to give your friends and family members a phone call! You’re able to stay distanced from them, but you can still scratch that social itch. Even better – I bet they would love to hear from you! Everyone’s nerves are on high alert right now, and this would be a great way to reassure each other that everything will be okay.
That’s my short list of how I’m looking after myself right now. I struggle with anxiety a lot of the time, and I could feel myself getting out of control with refreshing the news, Facebook, and Twitter – it’s not healthy ya’ll. Compiling this list has helped me feel more in control, and has given me things I can do to stay busy in the interim. What are you doing to care for yourself right now? Let us know below in the comments – and remember we’re all here for each other! I’m so glad to have this community.