Self-Care During The Pandemic
Over a year has passed since the pandemic began. Nowadays, everyone is far away from the usual comforts of going out and spending time with friends and family, and living in isolation has taken a toll on many people’s mental health.
The pandemic has given extra emphasis on keeping your body healthy but it is equally important to ensure that your mental well-being is in check. How are you? Are you stressed? Tired? Frustrated? Whatever your answer is, it’s totally valid. It’s okay to feel whatever it is you’re feeling. These are tough times to be living in.
Now, more than ever, you should prioritize yourself. Self-care is a need, not an indulgence. With that, here are a few things you can do to take care of yourself during this pandemic.
Celebrate small wins
Wins, no matter how small, are still wins nonetheless. If you were able to get up and face the day, that’s already an achievement. If you were able to take a shower and do your skincare routine, that’s a good step. Even tedious tasks like successfully cleaning your room or sorting through your bills are already accomplishments, and they deserve to be celebrated however you want to.
Set up a virtual ZOOM party with your loved ones
While nothing beats physical presence, this is a pretty welcome alternative! Host a ZOOM party with your loved ones where you can just relax, talk, and laugh all your worries away. You can even send each other food and drinks to make it feel like you’re eating together.
Dress up in your favorite clothes
Recently, Social Psychological and Personality Science published a study that states how what you wear can affect how you feel, think, and act. If you want to feel great, you can give yourself a boost by looking great. Whether it be a power suit, a breezy sundress, or a cozy loungewear set, your favorite clothes can uplift your mood and make you feel like you can conquer the world!
Schedule a night of self-pampering
When was the last time you pampered and showered yourself with love and affection? While spas, salons, and wellness centers remain closed, you can still relax, unwind, and pamper yourself at home.
For example, you can draw a warm bath and let yourself soak for a few minutes. You can even add a few drops of your favorite essential oils, and to enhance the ambiance, you can light some scented candles and play calming and relaxing music. Once you’re done, you’re guaranteed to come out feeling refreshed and renewed.
Feel your feelings
Sometimes, self-care is as simple as being in tune with yourself. Give yourself time and space to think about how you feel, and process your emotions. Cry if you need to or scream into a pillow if you want to blow off some steam. Emotions are normal, and it’s healthy to let yourself feel and understand why you’re feeling a certain way. Check in with yourself from time to time to assess how you’re feeling and what you can do to make yourself feel better.
Take this as a reminder to take care of yourself, and try to prioritize your mental well-being. Find an activity, a routine, or a regimen that works for you and helps keep you afloat. Remember, self-care is a need, not an indulgence.