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HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTISING SELF-CARE ALL WRONG ALL THIS TIME?

Self-care can be thought of as intentional activities engaged in to increase psychological, physical and emotional well-being. While we all need it, self-care is different for each individual (hence the word “self”) and that’s the beautiful thing about it. What someone may find relaxing and rejuvenating may be the exact opposite for another person.

Self-care has recently become a buzz word in pop culture, which has led to misconceptions about it. It doesn’t always mean going to the spa, getting a mani-pedi or having a bubble bath while sipping on champagne. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with those things, however, it’s important that you truly do feel refreshed afterwards and aren’t just engaging in those activities for the sake of it.

The truth is, self-care can be very unglamorous. It may mean waking up early before your spouse or kids to have some me-time or taking a break from the news and social media to spend time doing things you enjoy. Whatever it is, you know yourself best and know the things that make you feel refreshed.

As we are all dealing with the pandemic, I believe we need to prioritise and be intentional about self-care more than ever. We are living in uncertain times and it’s important that we not only stay safe and take precautions, but also look after our mental health.

Here are 10 quarantine and social distancing-friendly self-care tips to try out:

1. Catch up on sleep

When was the last time you were able to sleep without having to set an alarm? Enjoy it while you have the opportunity to do so. If you are working from home, allow yourself to have a day where you can sleep in or set your usual alarm an hour later than normal.

2. Eat healthy

Research shows that there may be a connection to the food we eat and how it impacts our mood. It is so easy to fall into the trap of mindless eating and snacking during this time of quarantine. Try incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet, especially immune-boosting ones.

3. Pray/Meditate

If you’re religious, carve out some time to connect with God. You can also try meditating. It is important to prioritize your spiritual health.

4. Try journalling

Are you feeling overwhelmed with all that’s going on? Journal your thoughts. Write about how you’re feeling and how it’s impacting your life.

5. Spend time with loved ones – virtually

Video call your parents, check in with your friends or set up a group call to catch up with loved ones. It’s important to stay connected with community now more than ever.

6. Go for a walk

At this point, you’re probably tired of staying indoors. Why not go for a walk around the neighbourhood? Not only are you getting some exercise, but spending time in nature is also known to have a positive impact on your mental health. Just be sure to keep a distance of six feet between and others.

7. Workout

There are tons of free home workout videos on Youtube. Find one and give it a try. Working out releases endorphins, a chemical known to trigger happy and positive feelings.

8. Try something creative

Look up a Youtube video on how to draw. It may be time to awaken your inner Picasso!

9. Family games night

If you live with family, take out one or two evening to play fun group games. You can show your kids your Ludo skills or have them show you how to play their favourite games.

10. Unplug from the news and social media

If you don’t try anything listed above, I encourage you to try this. It is important to stay up-to-date with all that’s going on in the world but give yourself a limit. Don’t spend all day looking at the latest cases; the news will always be there. Give yourself permission to step away from it.

Remember: Be intentional about taking care of yourself. We will get through this tough time. Stay safe and healthy!