Not going out, not seeing friends, not traveling, and not being able to do the things you love can take a toll on your mental health. That’s why, while you’re staying safe at home, it’s important to integrate small acts of self-care into your daily routine to relax and to uplift your spirit. It can also help you rebuild those healthy habits that you might have dropped during the quarantine.
Self-care also doesn’t have to feel like moving mountains; that’s why we’ve listed down easy ways for you to practice this during quarantine:
Set routines and break times.
One thing the pandemic messed up *big time* is our day-to-day routine. Instead of letting your days just roll out blindly, it’s better to plot a “quarantine routine” that can help bring back a sense of normalcy into your life.
Make a daily schedule with specific times for your meals, adulting tasks, sleep time, “me time," exercise, and most especially, your WFH time. By setting a start and end hour for WFH, you’ll be guided on how to better balance work and your personal life.
Writing down your thoughts lets you vent your emotions and make sense of what's going on in your life. Plus, you can journal any way you want. You can write your thoughts and feelings, make poems and stories, pretend you're talking to a friend, or solve a problem by breaking it down into a list of tasks you can accomplish one at a time. You can even make lists of things you’re grateful for to help you remember the good things even during the quarantine.
Get some sun by going on short walks outside.
At some point, you might have felt that you’re going nuts because of cabin fever. Short walks can help give you that *much-needed* change in scenery and help make you feel better. Just make sure to wear a mask and to practice social distancing. Getting some sunlight can also help improve your mood and increase your energy.
Work on your sleep schedule.
Good sleep is super important to help you manage your stress, anxiety, and keep you mentally healthy. Try waking up and going to bed at the same time every day. If you can, try to get seven to eight hours of sleep. On days when work gets too busy, try taking power naps to recharge.
Move your body daily.
If you’ve gone from fitness buff to couch potato, you’re not alone. It’s not easy to work out at the same intensity and motivation at home. So if you find it hard to get yourself back on track, try to be more compassionate with yourself and set small, realistic goals. After all, exercise doesn’t always have to be an intense workout. Start with short, doable exercises like walks, jump ropes, going up and down the stairs, or even some sit-ups until you can make these sessions longer and harder.
Find a quarantine-safe hobby.
A hobby can help you get your mind off of stress. Try painting, learning a new language, reading, making vlogs, or just anything that fills your schedule outside work hours and makes you feel relaxed. Try activities that let you be creative!
Form habits that can help improve your life without you even knowing it.
Our habits are things we’re so used to doing that we do them almost mindlessly, but they have such a huge impact on who we are now. For example, eating slowly can help you avoid overeating. Taking slow, deep breaths from time to time can help you recenter yourself. You can also try apple cider vinegar. If you don't like its taste, you can have it in capsule form. BestShape ACV capsules can be your workaround!
Be gentle with yourself. Our world is definitely topsy turvy these days. So, focus on the things you can control, like the choices you make to make your daily routine better.
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