Dealing with a pandemic is not easy. The uncertainty, constant news updates, and the need to self-isolate can bring with itself loads of stress and anxiety. After all, we are not used to all that is happening around us. We are not used to being in lockdown for months at a stretch, only leaving home for gathering supplies when it is absolutely necessary. During these times, it is important to take care of your mental as well as physical health. Here are some self-care tips that can help you during Covid-19:
Sleep well: A good 7-8 hours of sleep is necessary for the well-being your body. Not only does it reduce your stress levels but it also helps in improving productivity. Studies have also shown that sleeping well boosts immunity, something that is needed right now. If one does not sleep properly, they are at a higher risk of developing poor physical and mental health.
Exercise regularly: Since we’re locked up at home, our body is not moving as frequently as it did before the pandemic. However, we need to continue to be physically active. Regular exercise benefits your body and brain and helps relieve stress. It also increases the production of endorphins that make you feel happier. Include a simple exercise routine in your daily schedule and see the positive effects instantly. Something simple like yoga or a 20 minute walk can work wonders.
Eat healthy: A well-balanced diet is necessary for your body. Try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Cut down on saturated fats and sugar and try to avoid junk food. One tends to over-eat during such situations, try to control your portion size. A healthy diet is important in order to build up the immune system.
Take in some fresh air from time to time: Take a walk on your terrace, open your windows or go sit in your balcony – you don’t necessarily have to go out of your house. Being outdoors boosts energy and provides you with the much-needed Vitamin D from the sun.
Take out time to connect with your hobbies: After all, who doesn’t like taking a break from work? Spending time doing activities you like will relax you by taking your mind off of any sort of concerns that you may have. Read that book you’ve been wanting to read but couldn’t because you never had the time, attend online art workshops or watch your favourite TV shows. Such hobbies will give you a sense of purpose and satisfaction.
Connect with your loved ones: Take out time to connect with your friends and family. Regular video calls or messages really help and give a feeling of togetherness. Host game nights if you want to do something fun or watch new shows together with the help of tools such as Netflix Party. Simple acts like checking-in on your loved one, sharing photos can go a long way in building connections and ensuring each other’s’ well-being during these times.
Seek accurate information: Be mindful of the sources of the pandemic-related information that you get. Rely only on a few credible sources to reduce and avoid unnecessary stress and confusion.
It is important to understand that feeling worried or stressed during such challenging times is normal. Always keep your health above everything else. Continue these self-care practices and learn to say “no” to things that push you beyond your comfort. Make time for things that matter to you.