The COVID-19 pandemic is stressful and incredibly frightening for many. Stress eating and constant Twitter scrolling might not be the best coping strategies. Instead, take a deep breath in and a deep breath out. While this pandemic disrupts your daily life, here are some simple acts of self-care to help put your mind at ease.
Break out the crochet hook, open a coloring book, or finish that baby album you meant to wrap up months ago. Turning stress into art can give your mind a rest from anxious thoughts.
Hit the yoga mat
Many gyms and athletic clubs are livestreaming workouts. Find out what your local yoga studio or athletic center are doing online and digitally join others in some yoga flow.
Reflect in a journal
Writing down your feelings can help you make sense of them and provide you some emotional release.
Take a virtual tour
You might be stuck inside, but many museums are opening their doors virtually and allowing you to tour the best exhibits from London to Seoul.
Learn something new
Whether it’s learning that hot new dance on Tik Tok, mastering photography skills, or understanding a complicated computer program, use this time to learn something new.
Cook or bake
In a time of isolation, cooking and baking can be a real act of self-care. Try out a new recipe or bake your famous chocolate chip cookies.
Books can offer a great mental escape when you can’t physically go out and about. Reading aloud can help pull all your energy into the task and help remove the temptation of distractions. Reading aloud to your children is one of the best activities to help stimulate language and cognitive skills.
Rearrange the living room, organize that cluttered drawer, or finally get that hall closet cleaned out.
Hang out with your pet
Relax by curling up on the couch and spend some quality time with your furry friends.
Remember, you’re not alone
In this time of physical separation, we all must find new ways to come together. Use technology to phone, text, email and stay connected to those who mean the most to you.