In the midst of COVID-19, we’re social distancing, wearing face masks in public, and making sure we constantly wash our hands. These are important and necessary measures in order to stay physically healthy and slow the spread of the virus, but it’s also essential that we take steps to take care of our mental health.
It’s natural to feel scared or anxious right now — it’s a scary, uncertain time! Practicing self-care can help you manage these feelings and ensure that you’re taking care of yourself both physically and mentally. Plus, after being stuck inside for weeks, we can all use some new ways to relax. Here are six tips for self-care to help you stay sane and find some serenity during quarantine.
- Take a break from the news. With everything going on in the world, it can be overwhelming to be constantly bombarded by the latest updates. If it’s too stressful (or infuriating), you don’t need to watch each White House press briefing or read every news article.
- Put on a (different type of) face mask. Relax and treat yourself to a face mask at home, using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. To take your at-home spa to the next level, cover your eyes with cucumber slices or warm teabags to decompress and put on an ambient playlist.
- Break out a coloring book. Coloring can help you feel calm and relaxed while also channeling your creativity. There are so many adult coloring books out there, but you can also check out these coloring pages by one of our favorite feminist artists, Caitlin Blunnie (aka Liberal Jane)!
- Set aside some non-screen time. Between remote work, online classes, Zoom hangouts, and Netflix binges, a lot of us are constantly staring at screens. It can be exhausting, so give your brain — and your eyes — a break! Take some time to do a quiet activity — meditate, journal, take a nap, or just lay on your couch — whatever feels right.
- Try something different. If you now find yourself with more time than you know what to do with, take that time to mix things up! Cook something new, start learning a language or an instrument, rearrange the furniture in your bedroom — there are a lot of ways you can do something new and break up the monotony while at home.
- Get outside. Don’t underestimate the benefits of a little sunshine and fresh air! Go for a walk or bike ride, or even just sit outside while you drink your morning coffee. The weather is getting warmer, so take advantage of it — while still social distancing, of course.
Thank you for all that you do to #Fight4HER. We hope that you’re staying safe and healthy and taking care of yourself in this challenging time.