Although the COVID-19 pandemic has only been prevalent for a few short months, the virus has severely impacted all parts of our life. Between the lives it has taken, to the influence it’s had on the way we work, interact, and socialize, everything has completely changed. As a result, most of us have no choice but to stay home for the time being and adjust to our new reality.
With social distancing in full effect, many people are struggling to manage their health and well-being. Hospitals are full, doctors’ offices are closed, yet stress is at an all-time high. Needless to say, it’s time for us to take some action to get our wellness back in-check.
If you’re struggling to cope with the consequences caused by the coronavirus, consider following these tips:
Self-care has always been essential, but now, more than ever before, it should take precedence in your daily routine. Self-care looks different for everyone, but its purpose remains universal: a time to focus on yourself and prioritize both your health and happiness.
- Pamper yourself: With all the added stress you’re likely experiencing from COVID-19, your skin could probably use some extra TLC. Whether you’re suffering from acne— a common skin issue people face when they’re severely stressed out— or another unique skin condition, now is the perfect time to concentrate your self-care efforts toward building an effective skin-care routine. From following a consistent regime to using new treatment products that are compatible with your skin, tending to the needs of your skin will serve to support you in more ways than one.
- Journaling: When you’re overwhelmed with emotions, it can be hard to take control of your thoughts, therefore making it difficult to cope with coronavirus-related anxiety. Journaling can help to shed light on your thoughts by allowing you to prioritize your fears, concerns, and other problems on paper, which makes it easier for you to refine your relationship with your mind.
- Deep breathing exercises: Oftentimes overlooked, deep breathing exercises are a simple, yet powerful technique for managing anxiety because they force your body to feel the way it normally would when it’s relaxed. In turn, this allows you to release tension and ultimately, reduce stress. There are a ton of different breathing exercises you can learn— some more advanced than others— so it’s best to start with something more basic like belly breathing, and gradually work your way to the more challenging exercises.
Regardless of your age, level of mobility, or current situational circumstances, there are a variety of physical activities you can do to stay active during this pandemic.
- At-home workout: With fitness centers on temporary lockdown, many gyms and other health organizations have started offering free online workout classes to the public. There is a range of classes available to choose from, but make sure you have the proper equipment before you tune in.
- Spending time outdoors: Whether you go for a five-minute walk or a ten-mile run, spending time outdoors is a great way to stay active and soak up some vitamin D. Just make sure to follow the social distancing rules and stay six feet away from others when you’re out in a public area.
- Yoga: The combination of strength and stretching poses with meditation and deep breathing exercises makes yoga the ultimate exercise de-stressor for anyone and everyone. Additionally, this activity doesn’t usually require any sort of equipment, making it effortless for you to practice at home.
Making a point to virtually connect with your friends, family, co-workers, and community during this period of self-isolation can be significantly beneficial for you as well as your loved ones. In fact, research shows that pro-social behavior can work to regulate our emotions and offer a sense of fulfillment. In other words, by caring for others, we’re caring for ourselves, which ultimately improves our emotional well-being.
- Video call apps and services: Using apps like Google Hangouts allows you to connect with multiple people at one time. Next time you’re bored, jump on a call with a few friends for a virtual happy hour or a fun trivia game!
- Facetime: The already-installed Facetime app found on iPhones makes virtual communication accessible, smooth, and straightforward.
- Social media platforms: Arguably the most popular form of networking, social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have made telecommunication easy. Even when you aren’t available for a call, using social media platforms like these make it easier to stay up to date with your community and stay connected with your peers.