During these uncertain times it is important for everyone to take care of themselves. With restrictive guidelines, when we are unable to visit family and friends as we normally do, social isolation can take a toll on our wellness. Having peace of mind, knowing you are doing what you can to both stay safe and educate yourself on ways to deal with the social distancing stressors will hopefully decrease depression and allow for a little normalcy in your life. Mental health is so important for your overall well-being. Some ways you can provide self-care during these times may include:
At home yoga or fitness exercises. Many fitness websites are including free memberships and live screenings for you to join in at home and feel like you are in a gym!
Meditation- If you’re curious but unsure…keep an open mind. Meditation has been proven in many studies to improve stress levels. This is the time to try new things! There are apps to explore such as the insight for meditation, to help guide you to a calmer more relaxed mindset.
Finish a book you started, re-read an old a book you loved, or start a new book. Reading allows our minds to take a mental vacation and travel to different places. There’s no better time to read an exciting story or learn something new!
Facetime or zoom. Set up a conference call weekly with your loved one or best friends. Though nothing is like a mother’s hug, seeing how happy you each are and know you are doing OK, can mean so much. Sharing is caring and this is the time to talk about everything exciting in your week or absolutely nothing at all!
Virtual book clubs or wine nights with the girls, pick a good book or bottle of wine and set up a video conference time to laugh share and have some fun!
There are nightly livestreams from metropolitan opera- maybe you can enjoy your first opera right from a cozy spot in your own home.
Something to do with your children- there are live-cam opportunities with Monterey Bay Aquarium and more. Explore the world online until you can get out and do it in person.
It is so important to build a team of support and make it a mix of your family and social groups. Adding co-workers to your group may allow some time communicating with someone away from the bustle of your normal employment setting. It may help talking to someone who understands your work situation or challenge during this time. Family and friend conversations allow you to reminisce old memories, plan for new ones or listen or offer support. Figuring out how to handle these challenging times are often best solved by knowing you have a caring heart and a friendly ear to share with.
At this time when we are worried about how to take care of our health and do our part to stay safe EVERYWHERE we go. Just remember to start with self-care for your mind, body and spirit!