In these challenging times it’s perhaps even more important to practice self-care. So in this post we go through X self-care tips to help you through self-isolation.
We’re all in different situations. Some of us might be alone, others might have their children at home. Whatever your situation, we hope some of these self-care tips are helpful for you.
1. Try to keep to a routine
The days and weeks can feel like they’re merging together. The structure of ‘normal life’ might have long since gone. However, keeping to a routine can help bring structure to your day. It might be that the usual routine has changed, so why not make a new one?
Some people find that writing a timetable can be helpful to keep them motivated and accountable for the things they want/need to do.
2. Take daily exercise
There are obviously the government directions relating to daily exercise. But, if you want to mix things up you can also do exercise indoors. YouTube has a lot of exercise routines to appeal to all tastes, such as yoga, cardio, and weight routines.
Maintaining good physical health is not only good for our bodies, but also for the mind. Therefore, if you can incorporate some physical activity into your day this could be another coping strategy in your toolkit during this period of self-isolation.
3. Set yourself daily tasks
Are there things around the house that you’ve been putting off, but which you now have more time to do?
Perhaps there are DIY projects that you could start, or maybe you’ve been meaning to declutter your cupboards and never had the time?
Setting yourself daily tasks can add to a more structured day, but can also give you a sense of accomplishment.
4. Take up a new hobby/interest
Some people are using their spare time to start new hobbies/interests. What is something you’ve always wanted to try, but never got round to giving it a go?
5. Take time to relax
It can be hard to spend so much time indoors. If there are a few people in the same house things may sometimes get fraught.
If that’s the case, don’t feel you have to be “doing” all the time. It can be tempting to keep going just to occupy your mind. But, sometimes it’s helpful to stop “doing” and take time out.
This can be whatever activity relaxes you – reading a book, watching a film, having a bath, doing some meditation. If you can take yourself away to another room in the house, ask other people to give you some time alone and not disturb you.
6. Allow yourself to ‘feel’
This period is likely to be bringing up all sorts of emotions. You might experience emotions like anger, relief, guilt, and anxiety. All of these, and any other emotions, are valid.
Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to feel them.
Whatever the emotion, give yourself permission to feel it. Some people find that keeping a journal about their feelings can help them process what they’re experiencing.
We hope these self-care tips have been useful. Do you have any you’ve been using which aren’t listed here?
Stay safe, stay home, and stay well.