The importance of self love and some ways to take care of yourself while stuck inside.
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned life upside down for people young and old across the world. During these unprecedented times, we’ve all had to transition to working from home, online school, staying away from family and friends, and even a national shortage of toilet paper (who would’ve thought?).
We know that times like this can be particularly stressful, and sometimes put a strain on one’s mental and physical well being.
It’s important to take care of things while staying at home, whether it be in your work, school, or home life. But it’s also just as important to take some time for yourself and maintain your personal needs. That’s where self care comes in.
In this blog, we’ll be going through two main ideas:
So, what exactly is self care? Generally, self care means any sort of thing that a person does in order to maintain their mental, physical, and emotional health. Self care can come in many different forms, and is custom to a person’s specific needs. There’s no wrong way to practice self care.
But why exactly do we need self care? In today’s fast-paced, technology-centered society, it becomes easy to forget about ourselves. People are often so busy with other things that they place themselves last on their list of priorities. It’s easy to become so overwhelmed with other responsibilities that we forget to check in on our health.
People are often hesitant to practice self care because they think it could be considered selfish or too indulgent. In reality, self care is just the opposite.
When a person regularly practices self care, they’ll experience all types of benefits. For one, by taking time away from work or home responsibilities, you’ll be able to clear you head. As a result, you’ll be more productive when you go back to those responsibilities
Self care can actually boost your immune system. Practicing self care will activate your body’s parasympathetic nervous system, allowing your body to rest and restore, building up protection against sickness.
Also, self care will improve your physical and mental health overall. Relaxation triggered from self care will increase your energy levels and lower levels of chronic stress. Connecting with your body and creating feelings of peace will also improve your general mood.
Lastly, self care is fun! There are an infinite number of ways to practice self care, making it easy to tailor to your needs and interests.
Now that we’ve gone over how important self care is, let’s get into some ways to practice self care while practicing social distancing and self-isolation.
As mentioned before, the list of self care options is endless; there’s no way to list all of the ways one can practice self care.
What matters is that you choose something that you will enjoy and that will help you to relax.
Without further ado, here is a list of some ways to practice self care in quarantine:
While the world is managing the current pandemic, life can sometimes be too chaotic. That’s why right now it’s important to practice self-care regularly, or try out self-care if it’s something new to you.
Self-care is necessary for everyone, and can be made to fit any person’s interests, needs, and schedule. Even if you only have ten extra minutes per day, use them to better your overall mental and physical well being.
Even after the virus has passed, self care will continue to be important. Practicing self care is something that everyone should do regularly. We hope that you continue to be safe and stay healthy.
Edited by Cara Jernigan on January 17, 2021