It is important to always look after yourself and take the self-care steps needed to improve your overall health and wellbeing. However, in the current uncertain times we find ourselves in, it seems more crucial than ever before to take the time needed to look after our physical and mental health. While the world seems preoccupied with viruses and physical implications, it is important that we don’t neglect our mental health.
So, to give you a few ideas we have put together a list of our self-care tips that we are all guaranteed to need to right now.
Make Sure You Are Getting Enough Rest
There is no denying that the world is a currently worrying and uncertain place, and when we feel anxious or nervous it can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. How much rest we are getting each night can have a significant effect on how we feel both emotionally and physically and not getting enough sleep can cause major health concerns. Yet when we feel distracted, getting to sleep and staying asleep can be difficult.
However, there are a few changes you can make to your nighttime routine and bedroom environment, which will make getting the rest you need easier. For example, we recommend that you avoid doing any work in your bedroom and get a new mattress that will improve your comfort during the night and help you get to sleep. Check out this guide to the best mattresses!
Set Yourself Small Goals for Each Day
Self-care can take place in any form, and you can also use it as a way to encourage productivity. While you should take it easier and not expect too much of yourself at this difficult time, be sure to set yourself small goals to complete for each day to give you that sense of accomplishment.
Reach Out to Friends and Family
Usually, when you are feeling anxious or down you can visit a friend or family member to make you feel better. However, in these difficult times, our loved ones are not as accessible to us as much as we are used to. Yet, even though you can’t pop round to see someone, thanks to technology, we can still stay in regular contact. From text messages to video calls, you should remember to stay in touch with those around you and talk to them about how you are feeling. They could even be feeling the same way themselves and will also feel better after having someone to talk to.
Take Part in Daily Exercise
With our usual daily routine currently being disrupted, it can mean that any visits to the gym are simply no longer possible. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t still take part in physical activity. If you are unable to leave your home, then there is still a range of ways that you can get your heart rate going and keep active.
From taking part in home workout videos that you can find online, to taking part in activities such as yoga in any private outdoor space you have access to, daily exercise is an invaluable self-care tip.
Exercise helps us to release endorphins, which is why we feel more positive and happier after taking part in physical activity. Don’t worry if you aren’t used to exercise and find it difficult, just do what you can and build up the intensity every day.
With this unexpected amount of free time we all now have on our hands, it is the perfect opportunity to eat well and do some of that meal planning we have always said we needed to get around to. You now have the time to think about what food you want to make in the coming days, and you have the time to let it simmer, boil, and roast.
Remember that you don’t necessarily need fresh ingredients in order to make a delicious meal plan and simply by taking an inventory of what you already have in the cupboard you could plan your meals for the coming days.
The great thing about self-care is that it is completely unique to you. While you can take tips and suggestions on board, you can tailor any self-care activity to your interests and needs.