As news and social media sites flood with updates regarding the current pandemic, its easy get caught up in the chaos. In this extended state of social distancing and self-quarantining, it is crucial we are tending to to our mental, emotional and physical health.
What is Self-Care?
Self-Care has been the popular buzzword surrounding this topic, and it has many different definitions. This is probably because Self-Care means something different to everyone. It is essentially taking time for you, doing what feels good for you. It can be anything from taking a long shower to playing with your pet to simply just stopping and taking a couple deep breaths. It is all about being aware of your feelings and tending to them, which is proven to help us refocus, manage stress, and keep going.
Here a list of ideas of how you can implement Self-Care into your quarantine routine:
Stretch or Exercise
As a result of gym and outdoor park closures, people are finding new and creative ways to stay active indoors. Studies show that adults need to participate in two different types of physical activity for at least 150 minutes every week to improve health-aerobic activity and muscle strengthening. To stay active and reduce sedentary behavior, the World Health Organization recommends taking short breaks during the day, following online exercise classes, walking in small spaces, standing up and relaxing.
Attend a Virtual Event
Even though we can’t physically attend events we may have been looking forward to this summer, so many events are being held online for free or a small fee. These events can energize us and make us feel as if we are *almost* actually there. Check out if your favorite artist, speaker, or venue is holding any virtual events. You can find events through checking out one of the many online events sites, such as Eventbrite. You can even attend online classes, meditations and much more. Explore various event pages and social media sites to find some events you can attend to give yourself something exciting to look forward to.
Try a New Recipe
At Campus Cooks, we believe the best way to explore our creativity and promote Self-Care is through creating delicious food. Take some time during quarantine to improve your cooking skills and try making something new. For inspiration, take a look at these simple healthy meals to cook at home.
Pick Up a New Hobby
When we spend time doing an enjoyable activity that is not attached to work or other commitments, we help increase our own happiness and satisfaction. Take some time to try something you’ve always wanted to learn or read through this list of quarantine-friendly activities.
Tackle a Lurker on your To-Do List
Maybe its been something that been on your mind for days, weeks, or months that you have been meaning to do. The sense of accomplishment you will feel finally tackling this task will provide you more mental calm. For tips on how to beat procrastination, check out our blog post here.
Get Dressed Up
Put on your favorite outfit, do your hair, etc. Get out of your normal pjs or casual wear and put on something that makes you feel good. When you look your best, it can help to make you feel your best!
Spend Time with Family and Friends
In these uncertain times, we can take care of ourselves and our loved ones by offering emotional support. Spend time reconnecting with family members and friends through a phone call, video chat or any online meeting space of your choice. Thinking about hosting your own virtual movie screening or game night? Check out these streaming service extensions and this list of best online multiplayer games.
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