Many scary things can happen to us when there is this much stress in the air, in the wake of spread of COVID-19. Uncertainty, fear, and isolation can be a dangerous mix. That is why it is vital to consider our mental and physical health when we are forced to isolate ourselves at home. This is particularly true for those of us that live alone and so are more cut off from the world.
While it is always important to have healthy routines and take care of ourselves, that becomes even more critical at a time when you’re stuck at home and could easily get sucked into Netflix and not come up for air for weeks.
Taking Care of Oneself
It can be easy to let go of yourself when you do not need to see or interact with anyone. However, do not forget that the way we look and feel about ourselves is far more important than what anyone else thinks.
Showering and brushing our teeth in the morning should already be ingrained into your routine. But there is nothing wrong with putting on some make-up, cleaning yourself up, and feeling good. This, even if you have no one at home to impress but yourself.
Maintaining a regular sleep schedule is also proven to help build up our mental health. Additionally, setting aside electronics for a good portion of the day to drink a tea or read a book will do wonders for you.
Taking Care of Home
Our homes are our habitats. And the more time we spend in our dwellings the more important it is to take care of it.
Even though nobody is likely to unexpectedly show up at your door these days, maintaining a clean and healthy environment will help to keep you moving and your spirits high.
With so much extra time at home, it should feel a comfortable place. You could do that redecorating that you have been setting aside for years. Or maybe just adding a few houseplants could help make your home feel cozier.
Do not ignore the benefits of going outside. Even if you only have a small patio, making it comfortable and spending some time out there each day will improve your mood.
Taking Care of Community
We as human beings need to feel like we are a part of a community outside of the home. Even the most introverted of us will crave that feeling of belonging.
So, even as we are forced to socially distance it is important to maintain a healthy community around us. This can be something as staying in touch with your family members or checking in on an elderly neighbor.
It is also good to remember that everyone else may be feeling stressed and isolated themselves. It is good to practice patience and kindness. Now more than ever it feels like people are turning on each other. By promoting positivity, you can help other people feel better and it will improve the way that you feel, inside or outside your home.
Self-care looks different for all of us. Only you know what will help you to keep your mind and body healthy. Whether that is meditation, exercise, or cooking up a delicious meal, do what is best for you.
So keep your head up, build healthy routines, and soon the world will not seem as scary or stressful as it once did.
For more on this, check out our piece on Fitness During Covid