The past two weeks have been a whirlwind. Everything around us is changing so quickly, it feels impossible to catch up. It’s easy to lose track of taking care of ourselves when it feels like we can’t control anything going on around us, but it is so important to maintain self-care, especially in times like these.
It might feel ridiculous to say to yourself, “I need to set some time aside for self-care right now,” but we need to re-evaluate the way we think of that term. Self-care is taking care of yourself, mind and body, so that you can maintain the best version of you. Right now, the best version of you is going to be different from what it was a month ago simply because the world is different and your needs are different.
We’ve had to adapt our lives to everything else going on, so it’s time we do the same with our self-care.
Here are some ways to adapt your self-care routine in to meet your needs right now:
- If you like going to the gym, try at-home exercises. Watch YouTube videos of yoga, Zumba, or other exercise classes, or just do body-weight exercises (30 Day Squat Challenge, anyone?)
- Instead of going to spend time with friends or family in-person, try FaceTiming your loved ones while enjoying an activity you like to do together. My boyfriend and I are planning to FaceTime with friends while playing an online Super Smash Bro’s tournament. You’ll still get the camaraderie without putting your health at risk!
- Instead of going out to dinner, take time to learn how to cook your favorite meal and share it with your roommates or household family. If you live alone, have dinner with loved ones over FaceTime!
- Take some time to tackle projects at home you’ve always wanted to do but never had time for in the past. Rearrange your space or hang that dang painting that’s been sitting on the floor for months. Being productive can help make you feel more in control of the situation.
- Stick to a daily routine if you can. Try to wake up at the same time every day, even if you don’t have to physically go into work or go to class. Make your morning coffee (if you drink it), eat breakfast, and start your day.
- Keep doing the things that you love. If you want to watch Netflix for a couple of hours, do it. Maybe do some leg lifts while you’re laying on the couch watching TV. If you want to play video games, go for it. It’s a great way to distract yourself for a while. If you like making music, drawing, painting, writing, reading, take time for yourself and do it.
- Connect with the people you can’t see right now. Tell them you love them.
- If you’re having a hard time coping with everything, talk about it. You don’t need to keep it all in and power through. We are all in this together, and it’s okay to be upset. If you need to cry, let yourself cry. You’re allowed to feel however you’re feeling. If you need someone to talk to, I’m always willing to lend an ear even if we don’t know each other. Feel free to reach out (I’m tagged on all social media).
- If all else fails, just make sure you meet your basic needs. Sometimes, just getting out of bed and showering can be the best form of self-care.
This is a confusing and sometimes scary situation, but we’re all in it together. We need to be there for each other, and we can’t do that if we can’t be there for ourselves.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Take care of yourself.